Chapter 14

The Future of IP

Staring into crystal balls in an attempt to discern future trends is a dangerous occupation. That said, I will try to show some of the future developments that are under way within the Internet community and to impart to the reader what these changes are likely to mean to the typical user. The information is presented in the form of a news bulletin rather than an in-depth investigation.


Back in the early 1990s the guiding bodies of the Internet community felt that the number of available IP addresses was running out. This was due to the rapid growth in popularity of the Internet and also down to the fact that some of the methods used to allocate IP address ranges to organisations were very inefficient. Due to ...

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