I can’t believe that this song about IPv6 is from 2007. We should be well-and-truly off IPv4 by now, or it’s going to become even more like digital land than it already is.
Internet’s a pile of hacks, so we’ll probably just add one more: many ISPs are already sharing v4 IPs between different customers, and I don’t see any rush toward v6… Also, what will we do with all those non-upgradable devices that only work with ipv4? ¯_(ツ)_/¯
They’ll go into the pile (which is hopefully at a recycler) with our old Macbooks that can’t be fixed/upgraded, our DVD burners, and our 10 base 2 network cards.
We’ve kicked this can down the road for a long time, and now the mixed-metaphor can-kicking-debt collectors are coming.
A new LIR would still be able to get a /24 (I got a /22 myself a few weeks ago as one of the last). But the regular process has ceased.
Well…. you’d go in the queue… and might have to wait quite a while… and one /24 is not much, compared to the /22 you’d get upto this point.
If a small business needs a block of IP addresses, couldn’t they do so through Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud?
You are absolutely able to continue renting IPv4 subnets from various providers. And the big landlords will probably end up owning more IPv4 space as they consolidate their grip because people cash out.
This, however, marks the beginning of the end of small businesses owning their IP space outright.
Most ISP’s will be able to get you a /29, /28 or /27 or something like that for a nomimal monthly fee… Brokers will also still sell you large blocks for large one-off prices (12-20 USD per ip)