Geoff Huston gave four (yes 4!!!) interesting presentations at the RIPE-54 today. I suggest that you browse them for they are all quite interesting.
|However the fourth one* ended with a date:||
December 18, 2009
That is the projected date when IANA hands over the last available IPv4 address block to the RIRs. This does not mean that the Internet will go dark that day (whenever that day is). Nor does it mean that IPv4 will stop being used. Get this to your head because we are about to see a lot of stuff like that written by journalists. The Internet will continue to work people. After all as it was noted by another presenter yesterday:
Geoff Huston’s mathematical model can be monitored daily at http://ipv4.potaroo.net/
Update 2011/02/01: According to the APNIC the last two /8s have been delegated. And in this case 14 months off is not an error. It is extra time. Besides, further improvement of the model converged to 2011/02/01.
[*] – Power Point Presentation