Comcast IPv6 Trials

Kevin Oberman oberman at es.net
Thu Jan 28 13:11:41 CST 2010


> From: tvest at eyeconomics.com
> Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 09:34:52 -0500
> 
> On Jan 28, 2010, at 9:07 AM, TJ wrote:
> 
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: tvest at eyeconomics.com [mailto:tvest at eyeconomics.com]
> >> Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2010 08:12
> >> To: Richard Barnes
> >> Cc: NANOG
> >> Subject: Re: Comcast IPv6 Trials
> > 
> > <SNIP>
> > 
> >> But then that begs the question of why lots of other very large retail
> >> Internet access providers have not indicated that they're committed to the
> >> same course of action (?).
> >> They're certainly not the only provider that employs a public IP address-
> >> intensive access model, so where are the other retail IPv6 trial
> >> announcements/pre-announcements?
> > 
> > Other providers are moving in that direction, atleast a couple are (as a
> > swag) 6-18 months behind Comcast ... 
> > 
> > /TJ
> 

> I have no particular reason to to doubt that claim, and lots of
> reasons to actively hope that you are right.
> 
> That said, the appearance of more public commitments like this -- and
> sooner rather than later -- could make a large difference, e.g., by
> reducing the general level of uncertainty (and uncertainty-amplifying
> speculation) during the terminal stages of IPv4 allocation.
> 
> While no commercial entity would (and none should) willingly make such
> a public commitment before they're ready, it would be prudent to
> consider the potential downsides of that looming uncertainty when
> making judgements about how "ready" (or perhaps "ready enough") should
> be defined.

Might be worth noting that Comcast has been using IPv6 heavily for
internal connectivity (including router access) for some time and
already had substantial experience with IPv6, so I suspect that they are
ahead of others on this.
-- 
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
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Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
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