"The main point of the industry panel is to raise the visibility of IPv6 to service providers as an important issue for them for the continuation of their businesses and the importance of it in being able to keep the Internet running in America," said John Curran, CEO of ARIN and one of the panelists. "Some of the largest players are moving in this direction. The federal government is moving in this direction, and it's important to the nation as a whole to move in this direction."
Curran says it's surprising how many carriers, hosting companies, and content providers have yet to announce their IPv6 plans. He's hoping that NTIA's IPv6 workshop will prompt them to commit to a product road map for IPv6.
"One would hope that if you're a service provider of any form -- transit, hosting or content distribution -- that you've heard about IPv6 and are planning for it," Curran says. "You'd be amazed at how many still don't have a firm plan or are still thinking this is a hypothetical situation."
The government panel will feature representatives of the federal IPv6 task force, NIST and the U.S. Defense Department, which is interested in IPv6 to support sensor networks and emerging mobility applications.
The government panel is expected to discuss the progress agencies are making at adopting IPv6 and following an IPv6 road map that was released last year by the Federal CIO Council.
"As far as IPv6 goes, this administration has been silent. They've just assumed that agencies have been progressing in their tech refresh," said one federal IT executive. "That's a great assumption, but nobody has done a survey or a report card to see how we are doing against our road map….I'm hoping this administration will re-emphasize the importance of IPv6 and make a strategic commitment to it."
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