The Internet is running out of phone numbers – Oh my!
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, the top-level administrator of the system, has called a press conference in Miami on Thursday. One person said its last five “blocks” of Internet Protocol, or IP, addresses will be distributed then. These blocks, each with 16.8 million addresses, will be distributed to the regional registries. That means the regional groups will have IP addresses to distribute further to Internet service providers, websites and others before running out. Curran expects to deplete his allotment in six to nine months. Bennington Banner
Not to worry, say Internet gurus. There is a transition in place to a system with potentially infinite Internet addresses. Whew!