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All IPv6 Internet, All the time

Network administrators have long known that we’re running out of IPv4 addresses. But, IPv6, the next generation Internet protocol, adoption has remained slow. Until now, now many of the major ISPs, network vendors, and Web sites have publicly committed to supporting IPv6 later this year.

In a promising sign of things getting better for IPv6, the Internet Society has announced that “Major Internet service providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world are coming together to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services by 6 June 2012.

It’s well past time. Asia ran out of IPv4 addresses in April 2011. Europe will run out this summer and North America will see its last unassigned IPv4 address in the summer of 2013.

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