Many people feel that upon final exhaust of the available free pool of IPV4 addresses, there will be a significant enough change in the state of things as to cause some kind of upheaval. Either there will be a legislative event or a some kind of universal drive towards a rapid transition to IPV6.  Few people understand that the only change in the status quo ante will be the inclusion of a new cost factor to be considered when new Internet infrastructure changes are contemplated.

The new cost factor will be the cost for the IPV4 addresses required to effect that new Internet infrastructure change. Whether that change is the increase in the number of smart phones in Singapore, or the incarnation of a new SSL website in Ohio, one component of the decision-making process, along with the tower rental costs and the router costs and the bandwidth costs, will be the address space costs.

As with any scarce resource, address space will be conserved and utilized as productively as possible if a free market arises to facilitate the buying and selling of these assets. Given the natural tendency of man to trade, the peculiar lack of governmental power to restrict trade in the stakeholder-governed and global Internet, the portability of address space, and the gigantic underlying value of an Internet connection, we think these markets will be recognized as being valuable and overdue additions to the Internet’s operational structures.

At, we want to advocate on behalf of our clients, whether they are buyers or sellers of address space. We think it is in the best interest of both buyers and sellers that artificial restraints are not placed between them. We keep abreast of the changing worldwide policy and legal environment so that we can offer the most appropriate options to our customers, depending on the individual circumstances of the deal.