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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Internet running out of IP addresses

Abby Prince of WebProNews has filed a fascinating story, albeit one with significant ramifications, about the fast-evaporating pool of available Internet Protocol (IP) numbers. Ever since the Internet's inception the computers connected to it have been given addresses under the original IP4 scheme. But with the increase of devices that use the Internet combined with the number of developing countries that are beginning to build up their information infrastructure, there is a dwindling number of IP addresses still free for use. A new scheme, the IP6 protocol, has already been developed but it's far from being fully implemented... meaning we could possibly and likely will see an IP numbers "crunch" in the near future.

Hit here for some excellent reporting about the issue.