Re: Non routable IPv6 registry proposal

Nick Hilliard <> Thu, 21 January 2021 19:33 UTC

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Subject: Re: Non routable IPv6 registry proposal
To: Phillip Hallam-Baker <>
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Phillip Hallam-Baker wrote on 21/01/2021 18:57:
> The payoff for IETF is that I think the combination provides the right 
> level of incentive to drive IPv6 adoption.

being brutally honest here: most people will never know and will care 
even less what their ipv6 address block is.  What they want to do is to 
walk into their home / office / the shop / etc and to be able to browse 
cat videos, send selfies on groups and upload pics to social media. 
Issues relating to ip addressing are so far away from their field of 
interest or even awareness that it's a bit bizarre for us to have to 
remind ourselves yet again that bringing IP address portability and 
guaranteed uniqueness to the masses is a vanishingly small niche.

There is a market for this, for sure, in the same way that there's also 
a market for consumer availability of everything from generic 
transistors to coffee machine pumps.  But it is not, and never will be a 
mass market phenomenon.

I spent two happy hours last weekend upgrading my coffee machine pump 
with a quieter model (invensys cp4/sp) purchased at low cost from ebay. 
No matter how much fun it was, it didn't cause higher adoption of home 
coffee machines in the marketplace.