Service Providers Slow to Adopt Solutions as Internet Exhausts IP Addresses

Article ID: 573549

Released: 16-Feb-2011 12:40 PM EST

Source Newsroom: Cornell University

CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS OFFICEFeb. 16, 2011

Newswise — Robbert van Renesse, a professor of Computer Science at Cornell University, comments on why a solution hasn’t been implemented as the Internet runs out of IP addresses.

He says:

“Anticipating the shortage, the so-called Internet Engineering Task Force developed Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) in the nineties.

“Surprisingly, even though Internet providers can offer IPv6 service, in practice most do not. It is an interesting display of mass procrastination, where many are waiting to see what others are going to do before taking a step themselves.

“IPv6 is quickly becoming the only way out of this conundrum and I would expect to see widespread adoption in the next one or two years.”


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