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[NEW] Please complete our survey, which is aimed at collecting examples of practices that can help to create an enabling environment for the adoption of IPv6. The examples will serve as a basis of the BPF's outcome document.



Internet Protocol (IP) addresses uniquely identify devices on the Internet. The original IP addressing scheme, IP version 4 (IPv4), is running out of unallocated numbers while the demand for Internet connections continues to rise. The successor to IPv4 is IP version 6 (IPv6), a new version of the Internet Protocol. Currently, both IPv4 and IPv6 are in use, but the goal of widespread IPv6 adoption is particularly important to maintaining the growing Internet’s global reach and integrity.

A successful deployment of the new addressing scheme will go easier and quicker in an environment that is favorable to IPv6 adoption. This Best Practice Forum (BPF) will seek to collect and describe best practices that could help policymakers in creating an enabling environment for IPv6 adoption. Different practices will depend on the particular characteristics of any given community (e.g. technical, economic, regulatory or legal, human resources) and local factors.

The intent of the BPF is not to define any one, normative solution for all, but rather to describe a number of different policy approaches taken to encourage IPv6 adoption, based on experiences from around the world. These best practices will be shared with the Internet community,  in order to assist different stakeholders in supporting IPv6 adoption within their community. The eventual transition to IPv6 will only be successful when all stakeholders, as a community, are all moving together towards this shared goal at the same time, in a collaborative manner. It is not useful if one organization alone adopts IPv6 if the majority of the devices on the Internet keep on using IPv4.

The long-term sustainability of the network, and success of the Internet to accommodate IPv6, depends on getting more organisations to adopt IPv6. As will be explored during the BPF, IPv6 adoption often involves multistakeholder, collaborative, and community-wide efforts. There are different ways in which different stakeholders with their specific roles can each contribute to IPv6 adoption. Contributions from all stakeholders are welcomed and encouraged in this BPF.

The discussions at the BPF on IPv6 will be guided by Technical Community MAG members Izumi Okutani, Susan Chalmers, and German Valdez and supported by a consultant engaged by the IGF Secretariat, Wim Degezelle.

Please download our "Scope and Goals" document to learn more.