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The big Internet upgrade: IPv6

The big Internet upgrade: IPv6

Today Congress is holding a hearing on IPv6 and the next generation Internet, and it could be a step in the direction of a far more versatile and secure World Wide Web. Japan and South Korea have already announced plans to migrate over to IPv6, as has the US Department of Defense.

IPv6 dramatically increases the number of unique routable Internet addresses and has built-in encryption support that would go a long way toward providing more secure connections for the masses. The problem is that moving to IPv6 essentially entails a massive upgrade of virtually all of the devices that route traffic across the Internet.