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One-Stop Website Explains Everything You Need to Know About the New Internet Protocol, IPv6

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18 May 2009 - The RIPE NCC, the not-for-profit organisation that supports the infrastructure of the Internet, launches the IPv6 Act Now website today. With an IPv6 statement supported by over 800 organisations, the one-stop website explains the new Internet protocol in terms that everyone can understand, to urge adoption of IPv6 by all organisations integral to the Internet's infrastructure and connected to the Internet.

The website,, shows support for the RIPE IPv6 position statement from an exhaustive list of high profile technology and telecoms brands and governments alongside commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

The website is designed to appeal to everyone with an interest in IPv6, from network engineers to company directors, from law enforcement agencies to government representatives and civil society. Site content is updated regularly and includes:

  • Expert education, advice and opinion
  • The latest relevant news stories
  • Written and video content from Internet community leaders
  • Current IPv4 exhaustion/IPv6 uptake statistics
  • European Commission updates
  • Information on IPv6 distribution policies
  • Useful links to other sources of IPv6 information
  • A forum for everyone to share experiences, ask questions and find answers.

The video section launches with contributions from the Internet Society (ISOC), APNIC and the RIPE NCC.

"The IPv6 Act Now website is for everyone with an interest in the long-term growth and success of the Internet; for anyone seeking information to help guide them through the deployment of IPv6 in their network," comments Axel Pawlik, Managing Director, the RIPE NCC. He continues, "Multi-stakeholder cooperation is essential for the continued growth and success of the Internet. The support for the RIPE community's IPv6 position statement demonstrates the willingness of public and private sector organisations to work together to deploy IPv6 sooner rather than later."

One of the world's five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), the RIPE NCC is launching the site as a resource directory for all stakeholders to aid the adoption of IPv6.

A full list of the RIPE community's IPv6 position statement supporters can be found at:

Notes to Editors

About the RIPE NCC

Founded in 1992, the RIPE NCC is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the infrastructure of the Internet. The most prominent activity of the RIPE NCC is to act as a Regional Internet Registry (RIR) providing global Internet resources and related services to a current membership base of around 5,500 members in over 70 countries. These members consist mainly of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecommunication organisations and large corporations located in Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia.

As one of the world's five RIRs, the RIPE NCC performs a range of critical functions including:

  • The reliable and stable allocation of Internet number resources (IPv4, IPv6 and AS Number resources)
  • The responsible storage and maintenance of this registration data
  • The provision of an open, publicly accessible database where this data can be accessed

The RIPE NCC also provides a range of technical and coordination services for the Internet community. These services include the operation of K-root (one of the 13 root name servers), the Deployment of Internet Security Infrastructure (DISI) and DNS Monitoring (DNSMON).

As a result of its established position in the Internet industry, the RIPE NCC has played an important role in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), European Union (EU) workshops and government briefings on key issues in the current Internet landscape.

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