[Bp_ipv6] Governments supporting IPv6

Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond ocl at gih.com
Thu Aug 27 03:53:05 EDT 2015

Dear all,

as I have mentioned on today's conference call, whilst no government
will ever admit to NOT supporting the spread of IPv6 adoption, there are
many different ways this is done. Some governments prefer a more
"hands-off" approach, expressing their support but wishing the private
sector to take the lead. Others go a step further by mandating IPv6
compatibility for any government procurement contract, some a little
further by offering all government online services over IPv6 and some go
the full way by taking a very active role in financing research and
implementation projects for IPv6 adoption.
What I have found is that which direction a government takes is often
more related to the politics irrespective of the topic itself.

Hence in the UK, the line has always been that innovation needs to be
private-sector led. This is on record at all of the recent UK IGFs with
the Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries, Ed
Vaizey explaining that IPv6 was doing very well but DCMS did not have a
responsibility about IPv6.

See: time 21:00 on

But there is also another angle which Minister Vaizey has shared and
that's the sale of the government's chunk of IPv4 addresses. See the
following video (and sorry, but technical issues on the day ended up
cutting off video)
See time 16:24 on:

Kind regards,


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