Alex Lightman, Publisher
Congratulations on being part of the IPv6 Community.
We are on a roll, and, just by receiving 6Sense you
personally make a significant difference. The older
I get, the more I realize that in a democracy change
happens based on a combination (perhaps even a multiplication)
of the power of a new idea times the number of people
who get behind the idea times the ability to get that
idea in front of elected officials.
In this issue of 6Sense, the international newsletter
of the IPv6 Community, we include the testimony from
the witnesses at the IPv6 hearing recently held by
the Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, Congressman
Tom Davis (R-VA). I was a witness and, I am proud
to say, helped to create the context for the hearings
by posing the question, "To Lead, Follow, or
Lose the Great Game: Why the US must chose an IPv6
leader" in my April 6Sense article. The title
of the IPv6 hearings was, "To Lead or Follow:
the Next Generation Internet and the Transition to
This issue also has articles from Bill Kine of Spirent
and John Jason Brzozowski of Lucent. To address Bill
Kine's article, I think that Chairman Tom Davis
and his hearings will make the difference between
the metric system failing and IPv6 succeeding in the
US. There was no Government Reform Committee hearing
entitled, "To lead or follow: The Next Generation
of Measurement Standards and the Transition to the
Metric System," nor was there a MetricSense
e-newsletter going out to 10,000 people, nor any one
making an argument for a Federal Metric Transition
Office with a full-time staff. The IPv6 transition
will succeed where the metric transition failed because
it has Congressional support and better public outreach
than the metric transition ever had in the U.S. Like
the ad for the steak sauce, with respect to the role
of government leadership and the IPv6 transition,
"Yeah. It's that important."
Publisher, 6Sense Newsletter
To Lead or To Follow: The Next Generation Internet
and the Transition to IPv6
Witness Testimonies Before the Committee on Government Reform,
U.S. House of Representatives
Opening Statement by Congressman Tom Davis
opening statement. [14k PDF]
Testimony of Mr. John Curran
Chairman, Board of Trustees
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
testimony. [38k PDF]
Testimony of the Honorable Karen Evans.
Administrator, Electronic Government and Information
Technology, Office of Management and Budget.
testimony. [19k PDF]
Testimony of Mr. Jawad Khaki
Corporate Vice President
Windows Networking and Device Technologies
testimony. [88k PDF]
Testimony of Mr. David A. Powner
Director, Information Technology Management
Accompanied by Mr. Keith Rhodes
Chief Technologist and Director, Center for
Technology and Engineering.
testimony. [271k PDF]
Testimony of Mr. Stan O. Barber
Vice President of Engineering Operations
testimony. [18k PDF]
Testimony of Mr. George G. Wauer
Director, Architecture and Interoperability,
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
for Networks and Information Integration and
DOD Chief Information Officer
Accompanied by Major General Dennis Moran
Vice Director of Command, Control, Communications,
and Computer Systems, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
testimony. [17k PDF]
Testimony of Mr. Alex Lightman
CEO, Charmed Technology and IPv6 Summit,
testimony. [19k PDF]
Suggested Organization of US IPv6 Efforts [26k
Top Ten Impressions and Inspirations
from the First U.S. Federal IPv6 Hearing
CEO, USIPv6 Summit, Inc.
Here are some of the top points from the Congressional
Hearing on IPv6 that I think should be considered
by the IPv6 Community:
1. There are over 500,000 elected officials
in the U.S., all of whom are supposed to take an oath
to uphold the U.S. Constitution and work toward "a
more perfect union" and more. Only one elected official,
Congressman Tom Davis, has actually acted to maintain
U.S. leadership in the Internet, based on supporting
a transition to IPv6. If IPv6 happens in the U.S.
and we maintain Internet leadership, Congressman Tom
Davis deserves a great deal of credit. What are the
rest of the elected officials waiting for? An invitation?
OK… You are hereby all urgently invited to help.
2. 6Sense readers were very prominent at the
hearing. Those of you who came helped meet one of
the goals that every Chairman has for a hearing: to
fill the room with interested participants. Active
participation in learning the issues and taking personal
responsibility is the essence of democracy, even more
than voting. Every seat at the hearing was taken,
and there was standing room only. Staff commented
that they were surprised that virtually everyone stayed
through to the very end of the hearing. Woody Allen
said that 80% of success is showing up. You showed
up. You were successful. Thanks!
3. One of the most important witnesses was
Karen Evans, director of e-Government initiatives
at the Office of Management and Budget, who has been
considering and investigating IPv6 for over a year,
and who introduced what the press has characterized
as a "requirement for the federal government to move
to IPv6 by June, 2008."...
Which Will Arrive First: IPv6 or the Metric System?
Let’s reminisce. Harken back to the 1970s and
1980s. At that time, a new and improved numeric system
was introduced to the United States. This system promised
to enhance and simplify our current structure and
eventually supersede the existing outmoded practices.
Furthermore, this new system would ensure our compatibility
with the rest of the world, and thereby improve our
overall competitive position in the global economy.
The new system was mandated by Congress, and was seen
as an inevitable evolutionary step. This, of course,
was the introduction of the infamous metric system.
All of the decades-old arguments in favor of the metric
system are still equally valid today, and yet Americans
continue to cling to our outdated inches, miles, pounds
Now it is the year 2005. A lot has changed over the
past quarter of a century; most significantly, the
advent of the Information Age and the Internet. As
the Internet grows into its next generation, it too
is facing a requirement to update its current numbering
scheme. A new system is required that will simplify
configurations, ensure our compatibility with the
rest of the world, and enhance the current facilities
(security, performance, competitiveness, etc.). This
upgrade from IPv4 to IPv6, like the metric system,
has also been ordered by the Federal Government. This
too, despite all of the inevitable benefits, is meeting
with passive opposition from the current users of
Managing IPv6 Deployment and Co-existence
by John Jason Brzozowski
Principal Engineer, Lucent Technologies
The complexities associated with managing the deployment
of next generation service offerings require innovative
approaches for end-to-end device configuration, iron-clad
access security, flexible policy management and an
integrated approach to service level quality assurance.
Additionally, fast, secure and reliable management
of IP addresses, services and end-users, are critical.
The imminent exhaustion of IP (IPv4) address, advanced
requirements for next generation services, and security
concerns are prompting a move to the next generation
of the Internet Protocol, IPv6. In addition to the
greatly expanded address space, technical benefits
of IPv6 include performance improvements, better security
and enhanced support for mobility.
The adoption of IPv6 raises significant network planning,
operations, and management concerns. Numerous technical
differences between IPv4 and IPv6 mean that even seasoned
IP professionals will face significant network allocation
and usability concerns when they introduce IPv6 into
their infrastructures. The impact of poorly managed
IPv6 address space, which includes allocation errors
and poor capacity planning, can potentially have severe
consequences. Most experts agree that IPv4 and IPv6
will certainly coexist for many years or decades to
come, resulting in the need to maintain dual inventories,
one for IPv4 and one for IPv6. Ultimately, there is
a paramount need for a tool that will reduce the risks
and complexities of the technology.
ENTIRE ARTICLE [145k PDF]
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