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DWP UK in Possession of 16.9 Million Unused IPv4 Addresses

hypnosec (2231454) writes | more than 2 years ago

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Department of Work and Pensions, UK has an entire block of /8 IPv4 addresses that is unused and an e-petition has been filed in this regards asking the DWP to sell it off thus easing off the IPv4 address space scarcity in the RIPE region a little. John Graham-Cumming, the person who first found this, wrote in a blog post that the DWP was in possession of IPv4 addresses. According to Cumming, these 16.9 million IP addresses are unused at the moment and he derived this conclusion by doing a check in the ASN database. An e-petition has been filed in this regards."
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Rearranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic (1)

CodeheadUK (2717911) | more than 2 years ago | (#41361635)

There are many of these un-used blocks of IPv4 around. Government and educational establishments often under use their huge ranges that were allocated freely in the early days of the Internet.

However, the fact is that the move to IPv6 is enevitable. Chasing and reclaiming these spare blocks is just procrastination.

Re:Rearranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic (1)

wermske (1781984) | more than 2 years ago | (#41372103)

IPv6 will be embraced only when it is economically advantageous to do so... not a moment before. The core problem is the incredibly ineffective advocacy that's being done on behalf of IPv6. A large part of the resistance to change is in the system administrator and working class SME community. When they are called into to testify before the boss about this subject, they err on the side of caution, stick with what they know and are comfortable with, and don't have a good counter argument for NAT'ing to an internal, private address space. Finally... there has been little effort to socialize business-minded, transitional assistance to catalyze a tipping point. It is very much about influence. A very large and vocal community is simply in denial -- at this point, countering the apathy would be an achievement. Game theory and decision sciece has a lot to offer here if the academically minded tribal warlords would pause for a moment of introspection and realize that they are gaining ground so slowly that their efforts are being overtaken by irrelevancy. The right path is not always the chosen path for either governmental or commercial interests.
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