[arin-ppml] Comprehensive Study Shows IPv6 Shift Isn't Happening
Iljitsch van Beijnum
iljitsch at muada.com
Sun Aug 24 15:52:57 EDT 2008
On 24 aug 2008, at 21:43, Cliff Bedore wrote:
They talk about the IETF meeting creating a spike. We had 3 Mbps
traffic when IPv4 was turned off. That's not even on Arbor's IPv6 radar.
> I found the last paragraph interesting
> "Craig Labovitz, chief scientist at Arbor, also said there are also
> discussions going on to make the remaining IPv4 address blocks
> available on
> the open market, where they could essentially be auctioned off."
I find it extremely uninteresting.
An IPv4 market would be unfair (1) and unhelpful (2). We need IPv6 at
some point anyway, delaying the inevitable won't do us any favors.
However, the only thing that counts is how much IPv6 traffic there
will be the day after the last IPv4 address is given out, IPv6 traffic
before that is of no consequence.
1 It creates an undeserved windfall for companies and organizations
that happen to be sitting on large amounts of v4 address space and it
would mean a flow of money from poor regions of the world to rich ones.
2 All this talk about address trading means nobody will want to give
them back for free, and market economics in a market with limited
supply and high demand implies not only high prices but also
unpredictability (the last thing that we need) and all kinds of
unwanted behavior such as hoarding.
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