The National Telecommunications and Information Administration seeks ideas from industry on how NTIA can help accelerate adoption of internet protocol version 6 in the U.S. as well as information on the potential advantages and disadvantages of implementing the new network protocol.
NTIA said Thursday that IPv6 can accommodate more than 340 undecillion web addresses compared with the approximately 4.3 billion addresses that IPv4 currently supports.
NTIA will collect data to guide the agency’s efforts to help organizations implement IPv6 and contribute to the IPv6 Best Practice Forum as part of the Internet Governance Forum’s intercessional work program.
The agency also plans to use gathered information to craft a report that will support domestic and international promotional efforts related to IPv6, according to a notice posted Thursday in the Federal Register.
Responses to the request for comment are due Oct. 3.
Internet experts have predicted the number of internet-connected devices will increase to as many as 200 billion by 2020, or 25 devices per person, NTIA noted.