Who will pay - this is the question...
Posted Jan 27, 2011 0:01 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: Who will pay - this is the question...
Parent article: LCA: Vint Cerf on re-engineering the Internet
> Useful for what?
Routing of packets from hosts.
You mean: DJB plan will magically induce ISPs to throw money for no apperent reason? Hard to believe...
Bottom line: lots of people have to do unnecessary work for no benefit at all. They are already on the net. Why do they have to connect again? Yeah, it's that simple.
Bottom line: there were more CompuServer users 20 years ago then Internet users back then. They all are gone today. 20 years down the road IPv4 user will be similarly extinct. Switch will happen in the same fashion: people will get "poor alternative" because they can not afford "good one" and eventually the "good alternative" will be useless. Prioces for IPv4 will start raising in the coming years, so there are no need to worry: people will upgrade. They are not stupid. But before that happens price of IPv4 address should become high enough to make these 2x hardware prices cheap by comparison. It didn't happen yet: "white IP" is sold for $2-$10 per month today. It's not nearly high enough to induce change. But times are changing.
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