Discussion document: IPv4 final stages
As we move into the final stages of IPv4 address distribution, the Internet community will face some issues on how to deal with the remaining IPv4 address space.
As we move into the final stages of IPv4 address distribution, the Internet community will face some issues on how to deal with the remaining IPv4 address space. With only 14 /8 blocks left, it won't be long before all the RIRs receive their last /8 from IANA.
Although APNIC has adopted some policies to manage the final stages, there are some operational and perhaps policy issues that still remain. These include:
- Should APNIC reserve the final /8 from IANA for distribution under the policy for the Distribution of the final /8 worth of space in the unallocated APNIC IPv4 address pool?
- How exactly should APNIC define when the last /8 worth of space is reached?
- When the final /8 is reached, how should APNIC handle the return of addresses?
To explore possible ways forward, APNIC has just published a discussion document to help the community begin considering how to deal with the above issues and more:
Final Stages of IPv4 Distribution
The issues raised in the discussion document will then be explored in a plenary at APNIC 30 on the Gold Coast, 24-27 August 2010 from 09:00 - 10:30:
IPv4 Tomorrow? Community consultation on the finer details of the IPv4 run-out policy
IPv4 exhaustion affects everyone. To make sure your opinions are heard, take the time to read the discussion document, then have your say on the Gold Coast or online. For more information on how to participate online, see APNIC 30 Remote participation.