The Internet Would Cost $250 Million A Year

Interesting post over at the Dreamhost blog about getting more IPs for a host. This paragraph in particular caught my eye:

…the Internet would be in big trouble if say Microsoft decded to buy up all the remaining IPs in the world! IPs aren’t nearly as expensive as domains (you can get a “/14″ (262,144 IPs) for $18,000/year .. just 7 cents each!)… so in theory, Microsoft could buy ALL existing IPs for about $250M/year. For a $40B company, I think that might be worth it to basically OWN THE INTERNET!

This doesn’t include IPv6 which is an exponentially larger group of addresses.

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