The Internet is running out of addresses!


Thanks to Ryan Joy for this photo.
  • Thanks to Ryan Joy for this photo.

This Associated Press article — snippet below — starts off talking about how the Internet is running out of addresses. Oh my! Then, it's all "no big whoop" right before diving into some super geekery that will make your eyes cross.


So ... we're OK then? The Internet isn't going to implode? Or, should we stock up on bottled water? Has Chicken Little been alerted yet?

The spread of Internet use in Asia and the proliferation of Internet-connected phones worldwide are causing the Internet to run out of numerical addresses, which act as "phone numbers" to ensure that surfers reach websites and e-mails find their destination.

The top-level authority that governs such addresses will distribute the last batches on Thursday, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement wasn't planned until Thursday.

That doesn't mean consumers will suddenly find websites unreachable, though. And if everything goes according to plan, Internet users won't even notice.

"It will just be 'business as usual' if everyone gets their job done," said John Curran, CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers, or ARIN, one of five regional groups that dole out such addresses. ARIN covers the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.

Read the rest of this article, by Peter Svensson, here.

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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