The American Registry for Internet Numbers announced late last week that its free pool of IPv4 addresses has reached zero. There is a waiting list for reclaimed/returned IPv4 space and an active IPv4 transfer market but this event marks the end of the ARIN allocated IPv4 era.
The total amount of IPv4 space is 4.3 billion addresses which was a staggering number when IPv4 was first deployed in the early 1980s. In today’s internet (over 3 billion internet users and climbing) where everyone seemingly has a need for multiple IP connected devices, 4.3 billion IPv4 addresses are quickly becoming exhausted. IPv6 is here to fix this problem but many providers are slow to adopt the technology, leaving IPv4 critical to the workings of the internet.
ARIN may be out of IPv4 space, but not Net Access. We started off 20 years ago as a dial-up ISP and as a result have close to 1 million IPv4 addresses under our ASN and several hundred thousand still available. Like any responsible Internet provider we have a strict IP allocation policy but there are many legitimate reasons why a customer could require a large amount of IP space. From a hosting company needing a /23 to a VoIP provider needing a /29 Net Access can provide those IPv4 addresses.
Our network has been IPv4/IPv6 dual stack since 2008 and we know our “stash” of IPv4 space will not last forever. So if you have a project that requires a lot of IP space, and have a preference for IPv4, come talk to us, we’d be happy to figure out if we can help.