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By: MarkJ - 3 June, 2011 (7:32 AM)
cheapest uk isp plusnet fttc broadbandConsumer ISP PlusNet UK, which claims to offer "broadband that won't be beat on price" (standalone services), has announced that 25 of its customers will be given the chance to trial IPv6 as part of its commitment to the 24-hour worldwide "test flight" organised by the Internet Society (ISOC) on Wednesday 8th June 2011 (World IPv6 Day).

Current Internet Protocol - IPv4 - addresses are set to run out in the very near future and as a result World IPv6 Day was setup by ISOC to encourage other broadband ISPs, web companies and hardware makers to prepare their services for the necessary transition to IPv6 .

Richard Fletcher, CEO of Plusnet, said:

"The address space used by the current version of Internet Protocol is expected to run out this year. There a lot of companies doing great work in preparation for the change but without further action, we run the risk of stifling access to new web based services, which could reduce customer choice and limit functionality and access for web-users across the world.

Making noise about IPv6 is not about scare-mongering but it is actually a great example of how the global internet society need to work together to ensure usability and web connectivity run smoothly in the transition to IPv6. With industry-players adopting the protocol early there is more we can do to ensure there is no disruption to people’s web experience when IPv4 addresses are no longer available."

PlusNet claims that the industry's biggest challenge is to make both platforms compatible (e.g. dual-stack) so that web users have access to sites running off both IPv4 and IPv6 with the hardware capable of hosting each version.

Sadly such work does cost money and a large number of providers have been very slow to adapt. In fairness one of the biggest problems has been the lack of IPv6 support in consumer hardware, such as broadband routers. This is now being addressed but progress is still painfully slow.
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