Word on the street is that APNIC will ask IANA for two /8 blocks of IPv4 addresses this week. The IPv4 exhaustion counter (embedded here) suggests that there are 8 days to go – we are pretty much at the end.
This will effectively bring the IPv4 saga to a close – once these two blocks are taken then that’s it. All that will remain to do is the release to the 5 Regional Internet Registries of the last 5 blocks – likely to happen during the ICANN meeting in San Francisco in March. There are no other blocks available.
We in the UK are planning our own event in March, post ICANN, to celebrate what really is a historic milestone in the history of the internet. I’ll post more as details firm up.