Two years ago, then U.S. federal CIO Vivek Kundra ordered all federal agencies to upgrade their public-facing Web services to native IPv6 by September 30, 2012. So, how did they do? Well, to cut to the chase: Not very well.
According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), out of 1,494 government agencies, only 287 had IPv6 up and running on their Web sites. That’ comes to a percentage of about 20%. Can we say “Fail?” I knew you could.
Fewer agencies still, 166, had IPv6 Domain Name System (DNS) services up and running and only a handful, 54, supported e-mail with IPv6. Other NIST estimates show as many as 387 federal Web domains working properly with IPv6, but the percentage is still very low.