12 million addresses represents 12 million people (or more, using NAT) who could otherwise be connected to the Internet.
At 10:01 AM 17/07/2008, James Spenceley wrote:
David, On 16/07/2008, at 2:31 PM, David Woodgate wrote:The proposal allows for 16,384 LIRs to receive allocations from the last /8, but if there are only 4,000 LIRs, then 75% of the /8 would remain unused (or about 12 million addresses).... and this is a bad thing ? Lets just imagine a world where you can't get any IPv4 addresses, you have a great new business idea, some very willing transit providers and customers, but sorry, you're too late, missed the boat, should have started when us lucky folk with lots of space did. Don't worry you'll still be able to sell to the IPv6 Internet, but just nothing on IPv4. David you are talking about giving it all out, every last bit and doing it as fast as possible. Why ? So those of us with *lots* of address space can get a little bit more each, rushing towards a specific date and time where you are either an US or a THEM. Why shouldn't we keep 75% in reserve, I would hope that new organizations could still get small allocations of IPv4 years after IANA exhaustion. My view of a successful result, "many" years into the future, new organization can still get IPv4 space from the final /8, but no-one actually wants it as its all v6 anyway. Lets not rush to give out the absolute last of a critical resource. -- James