[NA-Discuss] Update on Consumer Constituency Charter Changes

Eric Brunner-Williams ebw at abenaki.wabanaki.net
Fri May 6 19:49:46 UTC 2011

> It would be difficult to interest consumer organizations, for instance, in IPv4 to IPv6 transition.

Artifacts of v4 address exhaustion are: a surcharge for static 
addresses from access operators, pervasive address translation at the 
boundaries of enterprise and subscriber access networks, etc.

The surcharge for static v4 addresses causes access network 
subscribers to purchase a second, frequently virtualized, "computer" 
through a "web hosting" provider, a duplicated cost where the access 
network is "always on" (aka "broadband"). There is reasonable 
correlation between domain registrations (ppc registrations ignored) 
and stable content and broadband as the access network of the registrants.

In a nutshell, an effect of failure to have v6 capable customer 
premises equipment (cpe) and v6 pervasively available from broadband 
access network providers (comcast just experimented with v6 
provisioning), is tens of millions of duplicated computers, the cost 
reduced by virtualization, but still, at cost to the subscriber, who 
already has an "always-on" and "server capable" computer.

At present, the only awareness seems to be within the ISP community.


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