With the current kerfuffarl over bandwidth usage and overage charges I came across another concern that I was not aware of. That being IP adresses are running scarse in Canada. The U.S. and other countries are performing tests to impliment a new IP adress system IPV6. The old proticol IPV4 is running out of numbers or addresses to accomadate all the new pc's, smartphones etc coming on line. From what I heard Canada or it's internet providers hasn't even started the first faze of testing for the new protical.
From the news report I heard probably around mid-summer no more adresses will be available for new smartphones, pc's unless the new IP system is implimented. Did I hear wrong or is this a much greater issue than the bandwidth contriversy??
Do remember, your household only has a single public IP address (these are the ones that are "running out"). Your router uses NAT to translate that single public IP so all your computers/phones/etc can share it. Thus why inside your home (and businesses) your IP address is like 192.x.x.x or 10.x.x.x or 172.x.x.x as these are private classes. The rest of the numbers between 0-255 are public space for the most part.
But yes, as more and more people gain Internet world-wide, we have started to come up short. IPv6 definitely won't show up overnight by any means as it involves some fairly significant re-configuration and possible firmware/hardware upgrades.
And TekSavvy was testing IPv6 on DSL. Not on Cable though. I'm sure Bell/Rogers are doing their own internal testing too, just not offering it to customer like TekSavvy did.