dw writes: IANA IPv4 exhaustion, which refers to the day in which ICANN distributes its last 5 large chucks of addresses to the regional registries, is now anticipated to occur within the next 12 months. Year to date, it has already distributed 10 of its 26
/8s, with 16 remaining, and there are signs depletion may be accelerating. Despite IANA exhaustion in about a year, most consumers should not notice immediate impacts, as each regional registry and each ISP will have their own dwindling pools of addresses to utilize. Appropriate or not, the press will likely find IANA exhaustion as a convenient Y2K-like date to doom and gloom about, which should have a much more direct impact on IPv6 (or alternative) implementations, as Executives decide that action is urgent.