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U.S. Web Future In Doubt?

Is the U.S. moving too slowly to capitalize on next generation Internet? That is the fear of approximately 86% of online experts. They say countries like China, India and several other Asian and European countries may be moving faster toward Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

by Kristina Knight

IPv6 is a new protocol that enables longer numerical web addresses which in turn tells URLs where to go. IPv6 is also expected to be a more secure way to transfer data, complete network transactions and also give a better mobile use of the web.

According to this article from the Net currently has room for around 4.3 billion unique addresses. 1.2 billion of those are controlled by United States users. But, “In the new scheme, Web addresses will be made up of 128 bits of information, unlike the 32 bits used today, and a vastly greater number of addresses will be available.”

This will make it possible for every electronic device you own to have it’s own web address and to be controlled remotely.

Juniper Networks surveyed more than 1,000 experts in federal, state and local government about the new protocol. The slow rollout in the U.S. for IPv6 was the largest fear (70%) because it could affect the country’s technological leadership. National Security was the second highest worry (62%), and the slow start effecting U.S. Internet stability was the third highest worry (58%).

Tags: internet protocol version 6, IPv6

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