Gordon Cook

The Cook Report on Internet Protocol Technology, Economics and Policy

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March 4, 2004


To:      Office of Policy Analysis and Development, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Room 4725, Attention: Internet Protocol, Version 6 Proceeding

1401 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20230

Docket No. 040107006-4006-01

Request for Comments on Deployment of Internet Protocol, Version 6

AGENCIES: National Institute of Standards and Technology

National Telecommunications and Information Administration,

U.S. Department of Commerce

Arden L. Bement, Jr., Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Michael D. Gallagher, Acting Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Co-chairs of the task force to examine the issues implicated by the deployment of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) in the United States.

Dear Sirs,
Since 1992 the Cook Report has been analyzing key aspects of the development of the Internet Protocol technology, economics and policy. As an interested party we are submitting the special report on IPv6 first published in Volume XI, No.12, March 2003 (ISSN 1071-6327), pages 5-17. Through interviews with experts familiar with the history of IPv6, the report addresses a variety of related issues including: (1) the benefits and possible uses of IPv6; (2) current domestic and international conditions regarding the deployment of IPv6; (3) economic, technical and other barriers to deployment of IPv6; and (4) the appropriate role for the U.S. government in the deployment of IPv6. The special report on IPv6 is presented in its entirety and includes interviews with Farooq Hussain, Principal, Network Conceptions LLC, "Is IPv6 a Deployable Protocol?"; Nobuo Ikeda "Is IPv6 Necessary?" and Bob Frankston, David P Reed and Francois Menard "IPv6 at the Edges"

I hope that the material proves to be of value to the task force.

Yours sincerely,

Gordon Cook