2 April 2006

US lags in IPv6 Adoption

A Washington Times article on US IPv6 adoption: U.S. slow to switch to new Web protocol - Business - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

The federal government must move to the new Internet protocol by 2008, and the Defense Department started its transition in 2003. But since then, the U.S. has slipped behind many Asian and European nations in making the switch, said Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican and chairman of the House Government Reform Committee.
Of the 8,000 Internet service providers worldwide, about 10 percent offer IPv6, Mr. Ladid said. Consumers can get the necessary connections now in the U.S., but it takes hours to set up and only a few companies sell them.
Consumers can expect to see IPv6 benefits in "three to four years, if we implement correctly," but that depends on who does it, Mr. Davis said. "If we don't, we'll be buying products from Europe and China."
The next 24 months will be a "very interesting, chaotic period," said Marine Corps Lt. Col. James Bacchus, strategic planner in the office of the assistants to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard and Reserve Matters. No one knows which will be first large program or user group to take advantage of IPv6, but he said the Defense Department will be first at doing IPv6 best.

Glad to see the start of mainstream press coverage for the debate on IPv6 deployment.

Posted by mofoghlu at April 2, 2006 10:56 AM
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