IPv6 Goes Into Play: Internet Now With More Room To Grow
The AFP managed to get a few quotes that do a solid job of explaining what's going on: "To ensure the Internet can continue to grow and connect billions more people and devices around the world, thousands of companies and millions of websites have now permanently enabled the next generation of Internet Protocol (IPv6) for their products and services," the Internet Society, an advisory panel, said.
"Participants in World IPv6 Launch include the four most visited websites in the world -- Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Yahoo! -- as well as home router manufacturers and Internet Service Providers in more than 100 countries. By making IPv6 the 'new normal,' these companies are enabling millions of end users to enjoy its benefits without having to do anything themselves."
It's wild that the Internet now serves some 2.5 billion people and 11 billion devices around the globe, and IPv6 is a move made to avoid "running out room." Will there be hiccups? Perhaps, but we've learned a lot since the Y2K days.