---The Federal CIO Council wrote an IPv6 Planning Guide/Roadmap for federal agencies; Version 2 was released in 2012.
'We're honoring four IPv6 pioneers in the U.S. government who have been a true engine of change,'' Pouffary said, adding that the IPv6 Forum believes that "partnerships between civilian government and industry is fundamental when facing changes like IPv6.''
IPv6 is the biggest upgrade in the 40-year history of the Internet. Carriers, enterprises and government agencies are deploying IPv6 because the Internet is running out of IP addresses using the current standard, known as IPv4.
IPv4 uses 32-bit addresses and can support 4.3 billion devices connected directly to the Internet. IPv6, on the other hand, uses 128-bit addresses and supports a virtually unlimited number of devices -- 2 to the 128th power.
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