ARIN out of IPv4 addresses (cont’d)

(Please see the previous post for part 1 of this 2-parter.)


A view from the front lines

Richard Hyatt is CTO and co-founder of BlueCat Networks, the kind of industry expert who could be bluecatdescribed as an international thought leader on IPv6. BlueCat has built a tremendously successful business focussed on IP, DNS and DHCP management for global clients like Sony, l’Oréal and UPS. The company is now, unsurprisingly, at the forefront of the IPv6 transition.

I caught up with Hyatt on the eve of his departure for Switzerland to talk to a group of CIOs about v6. In an email exchange, Hyatt shared some of his current thinking about v4 exhaustion and the prospects for the transition. Continue reading

Imagining the Internet (10): the end-to-end principle

And the end of the Pew futures questionnaire for this year…

Q.10 – Will the internet still be dominated by the end-to-end principle?

A. In the years between now and 2020, the internet will mostly remain a technology based on the end-to-end principle that was envisioned by the internet’s founders. Most disagreements over the way information flows online will be resolved in favor of a minimum number of restrictions over the information available online and the methods by which people access it.

B. In the years between now and 2020, the internet will mostly become a technology where intermediary institutions that control the architecture and significant amounts of content will be successful in gaining the right to manage information and the method by which people access and share it.

[my answer: A]

Please explain your choice, note organizations you expect to be most likely to influence the future of the internet and share your view of the effects of this between now and 2020.


“By 2020, the Internet will still be dominated by the end-to-end principle. But general adherence to the principle doesn’t mean gatekeeping will disappear. The big development will be much more visibility for the dozen or so Tier 1 network operators, who collectively provide access to every part of the Internet on the basis of their settlement-free peering relationships. Continue reading