Today is the Internet as you know it is getting a major update, as it evolves to the next generation of Internet Protocol (the protocol you use every time you login online). Why? To make room for the growing Internet and make sure billions of people can connect all over the globe.
The problem is that the old IPv4 system is running out of IP addresses. The latest version IPv6, will have 340 trillion, trillion, trillion addresses, so theoretically it will never run out. The Internet Society is leading “World IPv6 Launch,” in which leading websites such as Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo!, and Time Warner, will upgrade to IPv6.
The Internet Society’s press release explains: “…the last blocks of the 4.3 billion IP addresses enabled by the current Internet Protocol (IPv4) were assigned to the Regional Internet Registries in February 2011. Already there is no remaining IPv4 address space to be distributed in the Asia Pacific region, and very soon the rest of the globe will follow. IPv4 address space is expected to run out in Europe this year, in the U.S. next year, and in Latin America and Africa in 2014.”