7.2008 Scarcity in IP addresses: IPv4 Address Transfer Markets and the Regional Internet Address Registries

[Abstract]

Drafter: Milton MuellerWe are running out of Internet addresses. This paper evaluates address transfer policies
that Internet governance agencies are considering as a response to the depletion of the
IPv4 address space. The paper focuses on proposals to allow organizations holding IPv4
addresses to sell address blocks to other organizations willing to buy them. This paper
analyzes the economics of the proposed transfer policies, and conducts a systematic comparison of the policies proposed in the three main world Internet regions.Suggested citation: Milton Mueller, Scarcity in IP addresses: IPv4 Address Transfer Markets and the Regional Internet Address Registries (July 20, 2008). Internet Governance Project. Paper IGP08-002. Available at http://internetgovernance.org/pdf/IPAddress_TransferMarkets.pdf

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