Why is there a new Internet protocol taking shape?
IPv6 replaces the current Ipv4 Internet Protocol, which has been in use since 1981. One thing that IPv4 specifies is the unique IP address of an Internet-connected device. These IP addresses look something like this: 188.8.131.52. With the explosion of Internet-enabled devices, including mobile netbooks, tablets and smartphones, as well as developing nations' fast-adoption to the Internet, IPv4 will not be able to supply the world's need for addresses. In North America, these addresses are expected to be exhausted sometime in the next few years. IPv6 addresses are 128-bit in size and are formatted like this:
The new format provides an exponentially larger number of possible IP addresses
What you should expect as a Charter Customer
As Ipv6 integration takes place, customers should not notice a change in their Internet experience. Our preparatory work has involved internal skills development, significant technology investment, close collaboration with technology partners, technology trials, and enhancements to our installation, operations and support processes.