With the IPv4 address supply expected to run out in 2012, experts say corporations and government agencies must IPv6-enable their public-facing Web sites in the next 24. According to SF Gate, not doing so will risk upsetting a growing number of visitors with lower-grade connectivity.
“The drop-dead deadline for external Web sites to support IPv6 is January 1, 2012,” warns John Curran, President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers, which distributes blocks of IP addresses to North American ISPs and other network operators. ‘When we get to the end of 2011, we’re going to have a lot of people connecting over IPv6 and that doesn’t bode well for the content providers who don’t support IPv6.'”