Looking for an IPv6 naysayer...

Mark Andrews marka at isc.org
Thu Feb 10 22:41:23 UTC 2011

In message <4D53FD00.40900 at ispalliance.net>, Scott Helms writes:
> On 2/9/2011 7:22 PM, Mark Andrews wrote:
> >
> > And some of their customers have been asking for IPv6 all along.
> >
> > I started asking my ISP at home in 2003.  I suspect if all the ISPs
> > here were honest they would say that they have had a trickle of
> > IPv6 requests for the last 8 years.
> >
> > Mark
> Mark, I don't doubt that but request levels have to rise to a certain 
> point.  I still get a trickle of requests for UUCP service along with 
> other very low volume features/products.  Its the same thing as when you 
> guys get a feature request for BIND or ISC DHCP that only a tiny 
> fraction of your customers will use.  Everyone has to prioritize and 
> given that all of the tech folks who wanted to get an IPv6 connection 
> could do so via tunneling there has been absolutely 0 pressure from 
> residential customers and very very little from commercial customers.  
> The federal government's requirement generated a few months of interest 
> until everyone figured out they could satisfy their requirements by 
> setting a tunnel with HE.

We sometime react on a single request.  Also IPv6 is not something
that only a few of our customers will ever use.  Close to 100% of
our customers will use IPv6.  We put IPv6 support, transport and
records, into BIND over a decade ago.  F was running and answering
on IPv6 addresses for years before the AAAA were added.

We have been using IPv6 for production services for nearly a decade
now.  I've had a IPv6 tunnel from home to HE for 7 or 8 years and
have been reaching the work machines over that for just as long.

ISPs know it takes years to move a customer base.  They should have
been ready years ago.  They still arn't ready.  I was asking for
what features to look for in a new CPE so that it won't need to be
replaced when they turn on IPv6 and got this as a answer.  It really
isn't helpful.


IPv6 support
 Discussion Thread
 Response Via Email (Russell)
07/02/2011 02.04 PM
Dear Mark, 

Thank you for your email.

IPv6 deployment within Optus has not been broadly discussed.

At this point in time Optus has no immediate plans for implementation. 

Kind Regards,

Optus Technical Support
Mark Andrews, ISC
1 Seymour St., Dundas Valley, NSW 2117, Australia
PHONE: +61 2 9871 4742                 INTERNET: marka at isc.org

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