Avoiding Internet Addressing Problems in E-Commerce (June 2000)

June, 2000


Just as reassigned or new ZIP codes and area codes inconvenience postal and phone users, shortages in Internet address and a variety of URL intricacies will be confronting e-commerce sellers. Problems revolve around technical limitations with the protocol; practical, legal and economic considerations; and concerns of the international community. Among these issues is the addressing scheme built into the Internet Protocol (IP). When IPv6 becomes available around 2003, the stock of addresses will increase to virtually an unlimited number.