The only reason we require DHCP is because we don't have enough IP addresses to give everyone a static IP address, right? Does that mean that we will soon lose the ability to be anonymous on the Internet? Does that mean that everything we do will be definitively tracked to our IP address? I think the worst part is now we will lose the ability to ban evade, the ability to bypass restrictions based on IP address (such as download wait times), etc. If someone permanently bans your IP address (whether intentionally or accidentally), that's it: you're done. You will never have access to that website again. There is no second chance. This also means that DRM used in news sites will actually work because instead of giving you access to one free article based on browser session, they will give you access to one free article based on IP address. Think of the privacy consequences. You are currently being tracked by dozens of advertising networks. Thankfully, you have the ability to prevent them from tracking every website you visit by just clearing your cache. If ipv6 becomes a reality, they will be able to track you regardless of whether or not you cleared your cache. Every single website that you visit will be tracked by advertising and third party companies and there is nothing you can do about it. Your data will be sold and not for legitimate reasons either. This is all disappointing. What are your thoughts?