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November 09, 2006



Heh. There are single ISPs and companies in America that have more IPv4 addresses than all of China. And China wants all cellphones to have IP addresses. Before the adventure in Iraq the Pentagon had big plans to convert the DoD to IPv6 - all those little field devices and devices in airplanes, satellites, vehicles and ships need addresses. But the quagmire sucked in much of the talent and money. I imagine they'll get back to it.

I could go on (and add to what Cringely wrote), but suffice it to say that we really ought to move to IPv6. (The builtin IPsec alone is worth it. If nothing else we'll be able to reduce the email spam that is clogging the internet tubes...) There are people who complain that the cost will be prohibitive (they're misinformed) and that NAT is sufficient (they're wrong).

All the major operating systems and networking vendors are ready and have been for a few years.

And since China, India, Korea and Japan are moving that way in a hurry, it behooves us to keep up with technological change and advancement.

TM Lutas

The DoD is still mandating that any ISP they buy services from (every US major, in other words) supply IPv6 in the 2009-2011 timeframe. It would make no sense to build out for IPv6 and not offer it to any other customers who might care for it.

The mandate itself costs virtually no money for the DoD. All it is is a contract review and a bit of paperwork. Whether or not the internal systems go to IPv6, the ISPs will if they want to maintain their fat government contracts and once the majors go, the small ISPs will support it because it's "keeping up" with the technological Joneses.

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