IPv6 transition should be part of national innovation debate says IEEE-USA President Gerry Alphonse

December 09, 2005

In a keynote address delivered this morning to the U.S. IPv6 Summit in Reston, Va., IEEE-USA President Gerard A. Alphonse urged participants to raise widespread adoption of the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) by Japan, China, Korea and other Asian countries as an issue in the current national policy discussion on U.S. competitiveness and innovation policy.

"Despite its importance, breadth, and all the potential services it will enable worldwide, the current high-level debate has not identified IPv6 as an innovation opportunity of national significance," Dr. Alphonse said. He added: "That's unfortunate because we know that Asian, European and other nations are working very diligently on IPv6, or are even seeking dominance in setting its standards."

While praising a recent government directive requiring federal agencies to adopt IPv6 implementation plans, the IEEE-USA president cautioned: "We shouldn't kid ourselves that the Office of Management and Budget's directive is the same as a national vision, mission and action plan for the United States, and equivalent to the plans already in place in Japan, China and Korea."
See the text of Alphonse's remarks at: http://www.ieeeusa.org/communications/presidentscolumn/Alphonse/alphonsedec05.html.

The U.S. IPv6 Summit brought together senior military, government and political leaders, academics, and business executives in information technology and research and development who share a common interest in IPv6 implementation. The 2006 summit focused on IPv6 transition and how the "New Internet" will help create innovative new businesses and jobs.

For more information, see http://www.usipv6.com/.

In October, IPv6 Summit Chair Alex Lightman told "IEEE-USA Today's Engineer" that the "New Internet has the potential to create 10-million new American jobs and trillions of dollars in revenue for the United States, but leadership is slipping away to other countries, and it will soon be difficult, if not impossible to recover."

Read the "Today's Engineer" article at http://www.todaysengineer.org/2005/Oct/ipv6.asp.

IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public-policy interests of more than 220,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals, who are U.S. members of the IEEE. IEEE-USA is part of the IEEE, the world's largest technical professional society with 360,000 members in 150 countries. For more information, go to http://www.ieeeusa.org.


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