RESTON, Va. Adoption of a next-generation Internet Protocol by China, Japan and South Korea and other Asian countries should raised questions about U.S. innovation policy, the president of IEEE-USA told an IPv6 conference here Friday (Dec. 9).
Despite adoption of the spec by Asian competitors. Gerard Alphonse told the conference, "the current high-level debate has not identified IPv6 as an innovation opportunity of national significance."
That's unfortunate because we know that Asian, European and other nations are working very diligently on IPv6, or are even seeking dominance in setting its standards," Alphonse added.
The White House Office of Management and Budget has directed federal agencies to adopt IPv6 implementation plans, but Alphonse said that's not enough to build sustained momentum toward implementing the net protocol here.
"We shouldn't kid ourselves that the Office of
Management and Budget's directive is the same as a national vision, mission and action plan for the United States, and equivalent to the plans already in place in Japan, China and Korea," he warned.