Route Guidance

IPv4 Market Update – June 2015

The North American IPv4 free pool nears total depletion, ARIN activates its waitlist, a needs based standard is proposed for 8.3 transfers, and IPv6 continues to reach new heights in the U.S. while maintaining persistent lows elsewhere in North America.

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The Sun Sets on the ARIN IPv4 Free Pool

ARIN’s free pool is effectively drained, with fewer than 150,000 IPv4 numbers remaining in block sizes of 256 or 512.   All of the angst over how to handle the dwindling IPv4 free supply can be put to rest. The big question is “what now” given that IPv4 number requests have continued to climb over the years.

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IPv4 Numbers As Property

The question of whether IPv4 numbers qualify as property has been the subject of much discussion over the years. As lawyers working within this domain, the principals of Avenue4 have researched the subject extensively. Although the answer is not as crisp as many would like, after balancing the conflicting considerations, we believe the common law supports finding property rights in IPv4 numbers.

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IPv4 Market Update – May 2015

As the ARIN free pool steadily dwindles to empty – now with the lowest number of IPv4 addresses of any RIR, prices bottom out, and news on IPv4 exhaustion picks up speed.  Meanwhile, the UK government comes off the sidelines, selling its first trance of numbers in the IPv4 market. 

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