We're prepared for IPv6. Is your provider?
Wired.com explains it best...
Every computer, phone, and gadget that connects to the Internet has what’s called an Internet Protocol address, or IP address—a kind of numerical name tag for every device online. And the Internet is rapidly running out of the most commonly used type of IP address, known as IPv4.
This doesn't mean much for Internet end-users, but for the providers of said Internet, it's a big deal.
"I started getting a lot of push back from carriers on this most recent circuit purchasing season. Like, December through February for all of our new build clients," recalls Sales Manager, Casey Scott.
And, now it seems that the end of IPv4 is here. Last week, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), the organization responsible for issuing IP addresses in North America, said that it has run out of freely available IPv4 addresses.
"We've seen this coming for some time, and have been able to prepare ourselves for the inevitable," says Scott.
IPv4's successor, IPv6, has been around since the late 90's but has been largely untapped since the two aren't totally compatible. A website running on IPv4 servers won't load from an IPv6 network and vice versa. Providers like ourselves, have been working hard to update our infrastructure so that we can support both standards.