World IPv6 launch – this time forever!

From official ISOC press release:
World IPv6 Launch Solidifies Global Support for New Internet Protocol

Top websites, Internet service providers, and home networking equipment manufacturers commit to largest transition in the Internet’s history…

[Washington, D.C., USA and Geneva, Switzerland] – 17 January 2012 –
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.

Organized by the Internet Society, and building on the successful
one-day World IPv6 Day event held on 8 June 2011, World IPv6 Launch
represents a major milestone in the global deployment of IPv6. As the
successor to the current Internet Protocol, IPv4, IPv6 is critical to
the Internet’s continued growth as a platform for innovation and
economic development.

“The fact that leading companies across several industries are making
significant commitments to participate in World IPv6 Launch is yet
another indication that IPv6 is no longer a lab experiment; it’s here
and is an important next step in the Internet’s evolution,” commented
Leslie Daigle, the Internet Society’s Chief Internet Technology Officer.
“And, as there are more IPv6 services, it becomes increasingly important
for companies to accelerate their own deployment plans.”

ISPs participating in World IPv6 Launch will enable IPv6 for enough
users so that at least 1% of their wireline residential subscribers who
visit participating websites will do so using IPv6 by 6 June 2012. These
ISPs have committed that IPv6 will be available automatically as the
normal course of business for a significant portion of their
subscribers. Committed ISPs are:

● AT&T
● Comcast
● Free Telecom
● Internode
● Time Warner Cable

Participating home networking equipment manufacturers will enable IPv6
by default through the range of their home router products by 6 June
2012. Committed equipment manufacturers are:

● Cisco
● D-Link

Web companies participating in World IPv6 Launch will enable IPv6 on
their main websites permanently beginning 6 June 2012. Inaugural
participants are:

● Facebook (
● Google (
● Microsoft Bing (
● Yahoo! (

Content delivery network providers Akamai and Limelight will be enabling
their customers to join this list of participating websites by enabling
IPv6 throughout their infrastructure.

As IPv4 addresses become increasingly scarce, every segment of the
industry must act quickly to accelerate full IPv6 adoption or risk
increased costs and limited functionality online for Internet users
everywhere. World IPv6 Launch participants are leading the way in this

For more information about World IPv6 Launch, products, and services
covered, as well as links to useful information for users and
information about how other companies may participate, visit:

About the need for IPv6
IPv4 has approximately four billion IP addresses (the sequence of
numbers assigned to each Internet-connected device). The explosion in
the number of people, devices, and web services on the Internet means
that IPv4 is running out of space. IPv6, the next-generation Internet
protocol which provides more than 340 trillion, trillion, trillion
addresses, will connect the billions of people not connected today and
will help ensure the Internet can continue its current growth rate

About the Internet Society
The Internet Society is the world’s trusted independent source of
leadership for Internet policy, technology standards and future
development. Based on its principled vision and substantial
technological foundation, the Internet Society works with its members
and Chapters around the world to promote the continued evolution and
growth of the open Internet through dialog among companies, governments,
and other organizations around the world. For more information, see:

Akamai Technologies, Inc.
Jeff Young

Jenny Bridges

Marc Musgrove

Jorge Alberni

Denise Keddy

Nisha Gulati

Google Inc.

Internet Society
Wende Cover

John Harris

Limelight Networks

Microsoft Bing
Bill Hankes

Time Warner Cable
Justin Venech

Christina Scharrenberg

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