World_IPv6_launch_banner (click to enlarge it)
* http://www.worldipv6launch.org/ is the Internet Society (ISOC) web site for this.
* There was an World IPv6 Day in 2011 but this one differs (notice the “Launch” word is added)
On 8 June, 2011, top websites and Internet service providers around the world, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks joined together with more than 1000 other participating websites in World IPv6 Day for a successful global-scale trial of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6.
By providing a coordinated 24-hour “test flight”, the event helped demonstrate that major websites around the world are well-positioned for the move to a global IPv6-enabled Internet, enabling its continued exponential growth.
* World IPv6 Launch Day – “This Time It is For Real” – although not as deadly as it sounds to YOUR existing Internet connection equipment – is where large network providers actually turned IPv6 on permanently … and other equipment vendors commited to having “easy” router box gear available on sale after June 6th, 2012.
* These guys said it kind of interestingly … http://www.extremetech.com/computing/130514-world-ipv6-launch-day-escaping-the-ipocalypse
World IPv6 Launch Day: Escaping the IPocalypse
By Sebastian Anthony on June 6, 2012 at 11:32 am
Do not adjust your NIC: As of this morning, unbeknownst to you, you might be surfing the IPv6 internet. Your memorable, 4-to-12-digit IPv4 address may have been replaced by a gribbly IPv6 monster that looks something like this: 2001:0db8:85a3:0000: 0000:8a2e:0370:7334. In a world that has virtually exhausted its IPv4 address pool, and with internet-connected devices expanding exponentially, this is a very good thing.
Today, following a successful one-day test on June 8 2011, is World IPv6 Launch Day. From this day on, permanent IPv6 routes will traverse the internet. Almost every major US ISP, and a bunch of network operators in Europe and around the world, has pledged to provide an IPv6 connection to all new subscribers, and begin upgrading their existing user base. Many major websites, including Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Bing, will support IPv6 connections from this day forth. Rounding out the last mile and closing the IPv6 loop, Cisco (Linksys), D-Link, Zyxel, NEC, and Yamaha have pledged to sell routers that support configuration-free IPv6 — much like IPv4 today.
(more at their link.)
* What it DOES NOT mean is that your Internet connection, of whatever type, will break soon. If the even that you were somehow switched to IPv6 because you had newer Internet Router gear (not likely for most people) you will probably not know the difference. And you will still be able to go to IPv4 web sites that have not switched yet just as easily as you have been doing. The companies that have “launched” have turned on IPv6 permanently in the core infrastructure (in the core large US and Worldwide Networks criss crossing all over…) and at the Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) – but they are running what is called “Dual Stack” which means they support the old Coke (ipv4) as well as the new Coke (ipv6). So nothing gets broken for anybody for another year or three. And you probably don’t need to run out and buy anything or call up your ISP. But … you might want to start asking your ISP.
* What hasn’t changed is your Internet Router. The one that links you to DSL, or Cable Internet, (or Satellite or Cellular or even WiFi). But your ISP will tell you if that becomes a requirement before they would turn the “Internet Lights” out on you.
Vint Cerf – so called Father of the Internet has a video about this …
The new, larger version of the Internet: IPv6 – Vint Cerf
Alan Spicer – Alan Spicer (Marine) Telecom
Email: communications @ marinetelecom.net