IPs are certainly not free.... not in the UK....
Yes they are...
We have 32 IP addresses and don't pay a penny for them. We could have 256
addresses if we wanted, and still not pay any more.
It depends on your ISP, and your type of Internet connection. On cheap/free
dial-up connections the ISP will often charge more for an IP address
(unless you're with Demon) as there's administration for them to do, but if
you have a leased line, most reasonable ISPs will give you whatever IP
addresses you want.
The ISP isn't charged for IP addresses. Any charge they make to users is
for administrative/configuration work.
> The obvious answer is to charge people for IP addresses rather than the
> current system of giving them away for free.
Paul VPOP3 - Internet Email Server/Gateway