Dimensioning the Elephant: An Empirical Analysis of the IPv4 Number Market

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Milton Mueller

Georgia Institute of Technology

Brenden Kuerbis

Georgia Institute of Technology - School of Public Policy

Hadi Asghari

Delft University of Technology

Date Written: September 1, 2012

Abstract

One of the most important but least-studied aspects of Internet policy is the emergence of a trading market for previously allocated Internet number blocks. Without unique Internet protocol numbers for the networks and devices attached, the Internet simply doesn’t work. The original Internet Protocol standard, known as IPv4, specified a 32-bit numbering space, which provided slightly less than 4 billion unique numbers that could be used as addresses (Postel, 1981). A large part of that number space has already been handed out to organizations. The available supply is dwindling, and the Asia-Pacific region is already reduced to rationing its last /8 in tiny, 1024-address chunks, one to an organization, while the European region is only a few months from that status.

Keywords: GigaNet

Suggested Citation

Mueller, Milton and Kuerbis, Brenden and Asghari, Hadi, Dimensioning the Elephant: An Empirical Analysis of the IPv4 Number Market (September 1, 2012). GigaNet: Global Internet Governance Academic Network, Annual Symposium 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2809800 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2809800

Milton Mueller (Contact Author)

Georgia Institute of Technology ( email )

School of Public Policy
Atlanta, GA 30332
United States
404-385-4281 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.spp.gatech.edu/faculty/milt

Brenden Kuerbis

Georgia Institute of Technology - School of Public Policy ( email )

Atlanta, GA 30332-0345
United States

Hadi Asghari

Delft University of Technology ( email )

P.O. Box 5015
2600 GB Delft
Netherlands

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