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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses 197

An anonymous reader writes "LACNIC, the regional Internet registry for Latin America and the Caribbean, considers its IPv4 address pool exhausted, because it is down to less than a quarter of an /8, roughly 4 million IPv4 addresses which are reserved for facilitating transitioning mechanisms. Half of those addresses will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, but no more than 1024 addresses per organization every 6 six months. Allocations from the last 2 million addresses will be a maximum of 1024 addresses total per organization. To maintain connectivity, it is now indispensable to make the switch to IPv6. LACNIC's CEO expressed his concern that many operators and companies still haven't taken the steps needed to duly address this circumstance. The RIRs for Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America have all imposed similar limitations on IPv4 assignments when they also crossed their local exhaustion thresholds. As of now, only AfriNIC is not in address exhaustion mode." Joining North America, and Europe/the Middle East/Central Asia.
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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

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  • by Wycliffe ( 116160 ) on Wednesday June 11, 2014 @11:20AM (#47212591) Homepage

    If we're too lazy to switch to ipv6 then they need to just start charging per ip.
    $1 per ip per year should be sufficient to cause plenty of ip hoarders to return their stock.
    If that's not enough then increase it to $1 per ip per month. Still small enough that
    it shouldn't really affect anyone too much. My guess is any computer that can't
    absorb a $1/month charge is not an actually computer and should have a private
    10.0 number anyways.

    Charge per ip might also be a good way to help encourage ipv6 switchover.

  • The problem is with people not understanding probability or what a prognosis is. It's like a pack-a-day smoker whose doctor says "you're probably going to get cancer within ten years if you keep this up". Five years pass, ten years, fifteen years... nothing; clearly the doctor is an idiot and I am an immortal cancer-immune demigod. Twenty years... boom, cancer.

    "Realistic prognosis"? You can't accurately predict unexpected changes. So you err on the side of urgency, because if what you predict happens sooner than expected, that's much, much worse than if you respond sooner than you actually need to.

    Instead, people first ignore the warning, then see that the bad thing didn't happen on schedule, then deciding that this invalidates the entire warning.

    (See also: Climate change.)

  • by DigiShaman ( 671371 ) on Wednesday June 11, 2014 @01:10PM (#47213829) Homepage

    That's why cell phones should be the first to make the switch to IPv6. Those devices are far more numerous and are replaced more often to that of PCs/Servers.

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."