Campaign: Turn Off IPv4 on 6 June 2014 for One Day

IPv6 BadgeThis morning (Dec 18, 2013), I saw this petition for “IT professionals worldwide: Turn off the Legacy IP Protocol (IPv4) for the day of 06th June 2014.” From the page:

We, the undersigned,

Commit to completely turning IPv4 protocol off on all the devices we ourselves use, as the consumers of the Internet, during the day of 06th June 2014, 00:01, to 23:59, as measured by the local times of our main residences.

If turning IPv4 off results in inability to perform our job for our employers, we tell them the reason and take a day off.

If turning IPv4 off results in inability to communicate with our loved ones for one day – we tell them the reason and ask for their forgiveness.

If turning IPv4 off results in inability to buy in the online shops – we do not buy anything that day and tell the reason later.

We commit to walk the New Internet with no crutches for a day.

It may not be easy.

Join us.

p.s. It goes without saying that we commit to NOT breaking the Internet for unsuspecting users by turning the legacy IP off for them, unless they explicitly agree to participate in this action together with us.

It’s all voluntary – you can turn off IPv4 on your own devices, but no one will be turning off IPv4 for anyone else. It’s an interesting experiment, for sure. Why 6 June? It’s the second anniversary of World IPv6 Launch, of course! On 6 June 2012, major Internet service providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies from around the world permanently enabled IPv6 for their products and services.

We’ve seen IPv6 traffic double each year since 2011, so this test of end-user devices is coming at a good time. What’s working and what’s still broken? How far do we have to go until we get full, global IPv6 deployment?

Now is a good time to make sure all your services are available over IPv6. If you need help getting IPv6 up and running between now and June, you’ve come to the right place. Check out all our IPv6 resources and let us know if you see any gaps you think we should fill in. We’re here to help you get IPv6 deployed.

UPDATE, June 1, 2014: As there has been some confusion in some online forums, please note that this “Turn Off IPv4 for a day” activity is NOT an official activity of the Internet Society but rather an independent initiative by a group of IT professionals who are advocates of IPv6. We think it is an interesting idea, which is why we wrote about it here on our blog.  For our part, we are going to be celebrating this week of the second World IPv6 “Launchiversary” by:

UPDATE, June 6, 2014: Whatever you choose to do, we encourage you to please take some kind of action today to help accelerate the deployment of IPv6!

December 18th, 2013 by | Posted in Events, IPv6, News | 26 Comments

26 Responses to Campaign: Turn Off IPv4 on 6 June 2014 for One Day

  1. Remco says:

    What a daft idea to promote breaking stuff, even if it is your own. This will only lead to more negativism towards IPv6, not less. For reference, see this helpful chart about adoption of new technologies in Enterprise IT:

  2. GeekGuy says:

    Quite the contrary Remco, it’s an excellent way to understand what the issues with turning off IPv4 might be, just as World IPv6 Day two years ago allowed people to understand the impact of turning *on* IPv6. This paved the way for IPv6 Launch in 2012 and the excellent announcements from Google, Facebook, Comcast etc.

    We’ve come a long way in two years, though the work’s been ongoing for much longer. Already many networking conferences like IETF and RIPE have experimented with IPv6-only environments, but more importantly there’s commercial services out there now operating that way (check out T-Mobile and Android4.4).

    I think this is another great ISOC initiative to help move us forward towards wider IPv6 deployment and better understanding of best practices in doing so.

  3. Lee Howard says:

    To me, this is a day of “Putting my money where my mouth is.” I can live without IPv4 for a day, and it helps my IT guys to have a deadline for email, VPN, and intranet services.

    Not sure about the relevance of the enterprise graph. Is it based on data? In any case, I don’t know of any enterprise that is considering turning off IPv4 for that day.

  4. Martin says:

    +1 Remco. Not a great idea.

  5. Antonio Querubin says:

    This is really unwise. Unlike IPv6 launch day, this is promoting a day of certain breakage in an environment where IPv6 is still very much the exception and not the norm. IPv6 launch day was about reducing fear of the unknown by unbelievers after dual-stack services had already been extensively tested and deployed by many early adopters. This turn-off-IPv4 day will create fear.

  6. Bill Owens says:

    If we (the IPv6 early adopters) have correctly predicted the future, then continued reliance on IPv4 will become more and more difficult over time. It may be a gradual process, or it may have sudden inflection points – when your cable modem provider moves to CGN, or your business can’t get address space to open a new data center – but whatever their nature, those pains will all be self-inflicted. If we attempt to cause pain in order to bring the problem to greater prominence, we’ll only be blamed for that pain, not praised for our efforts to educate.

  7. Sander Steffann says:

    Remco: this is an experiment for people with technical knowledge to gain experience and to let others learn from that. I am happy that there are people trying to find out how viable an IPv6-only world currently is, even if just for one day 🙂

  8. inof says:

    Megan, you didn’t quote the campaign completely. It says: ” turning IPv4 protocol off on all the devices we ourselves use, as the consumers of the Internet” – You omitted the last part of that sentence. This might cause misunderstandings.

    This “IPv4 shutdown day” is *NOT* about turning off IPv4 on servers, in data centers or similar. It only encourages consumers to try to turn off IPv4 on that day (i.e. on the client side), and if things break, complain to the service providers who don’t implement IPv6 correctly.

    As was written before, this is all voluntarily. If you don’t want to participate, then you will be completely unaffected by that day. Therefore I don’t see how this campaign could cause any harm. However, the more people participate, the more pressure is put on service providers to implement IPv6.

    Therefore, I think this campaign is a good thing. I fully support it.

    • Dan York says:

      inof, Thank you for pointing out that we did not have the latest text of the petition in our article. I’ve now updated the post to have the latest text, including the P.S.

  9. Brandon Bennett says:

    inof: I am not sure how this will put any pressure onto service providers. If it is done all from the client side, then the impact is not really going to be noticed even by SP graphs due the likelyhood of those who would actually pul this off.

    What would be better is a petition day. Where one day out the year everyone petitions websites, service providers, content providers to provide proper IPv6. Everyone call in requesting it will have much more of an impact that turning of your IPv4 (and essentially not using the internet) for a day.

    IPv6 users are such a minority still that even if all of us gave up on real work and turned off IPv6 the impact is minimal.

    This idea is not a good one and i think is premature.

  10. Erik Bais says:

    I agree with Remco.

    This is not a good idea … Most commercial ISP’s (us included) would not want to disable IPv4 for a day (yet) .. not even for 6 minutes … Most customers will have the same experience as having no connectivity …

    I’ll pass on this one …

  11. Martin says:

    Even asking consumers to turn off their devices is not responsible at this point. It’s likely to create a barrage of damage starting with support desks. It’s too early in the life cycle to try this, IMHO.

  12. _Vi says:

    Idea for IPv6 day in 2015: implement skippable JavaScript-wall (like in Wikipedia on some day about SOPA) for users that can’t connect IPv6: “Imagine a world without IPv4”. IPv6 and duo-stack users will just pass though, IPv4-only users need additional click.

  13. Webmaster says:

    I will redirect all IPv4 to a static page on my site. It’s a clear and simple message to the consumer: your ISP does not give you a modern and adequate service. This is costing me money, I have to pay for IPv4 addresses and I estimate the loss to be significantly higher than 1/365 of my costs. So it’s only natural to reciprocate and deny service for 1/365 of a year.

    The only people who should do this are webmasters. If network admins do it, they are breaking IPv6 exactly when it’s the only means to get to my site. It’s also critical that the services are still accessible but non-functional and give a clear reason for it: you are not receiving a proper Internet service. As opposed to a nondescript error message.

    Savvy consumers can do it too, off course, but it would have an impact of exactly zero in the grand scheme of things, since deploying IPv6 will cost providers more than the lost 0.05% traffic for a day.

  14. Johnny says:

    “What would be better is a petition day.”

    This IS a petition — it’s the sixth word of the article. The day is Friday.

    Do you mean an online petition that takes no action whatsoever, aside from existing as a webpage? Yes, those are always massively successful. Good luck with that.

  15. JOSHUA says:

    Are we going to have to do this every year?

    Because soon enough it’ll be 2024, and we’ll still all be using IPv4.

    Then it’ll be 2034, and we’ll still all be using IPv4.

    And yet again, it’ll soon be 2044, and we will still be using IPv4.

    Let’s just face it, IPv6 is a dead end. How many more decades will we need to wait, all while not using it, before we realize this fact?

  16. Think Ahead says:

    Interesting idea. But if they were really serious about this they would have given more of a warning. As it is now it’s just a temper tantrum.

  17. Rob says:

    HIlarious. Even when preaching to the choir, the IPv6 transition messages are neither read clearly nor understood by so many. Open a secondary exchange market for IPv4 adresses ranges and let the market find out whatever is their actual cash value. Then there will be created a “cash-to-be-saved” option by moving to IPv6. Most companies will likely not spend the money required to get to IPv6 otherwise. Why would they?

  18. TickTock says:

    I don’t think this is a good idea. If just IT professionals turn it off on their devices and it “seems” OK, there will be a lot of people falsely advocating and pushing to move services with no idea how it will affect end users.
    It might be a good idea if we recognize the limitations of this approach. The real problems I’ve found with ip6 enabled is end user Windows desktop connectivity unreliability, and strange package management issues with Linux, packages not installing because they get networking errors related to ip6.
    I don’t know the answer, but my experience hasn’t been a specific server or service not supporting IP6, but buggy implementations in things that do support it, until it’s turned off.
    If it takes this long to implement it right, where it can smoothly co-exist, maybe it’s not the answer. I don’t know. I’m just tired of it causing random buggy problems. We should do something and maybe this is a start but I’d hate a bunch of mislead techies to think there’s no problem just because their phones worked OK with some things that supported it OK.

  19. AdamB says:

    This is the mark of the beast. June 6th, switch to IPv6 (6 – 6 -6). This is necessary for the Internet of Things to support billions of addressable devices. and ‘wear’ the mark on our heads (Google Glass) and our hands (Cell Phones).

  20. Timothy says:

    This is the stupidest idea for IPv6 adoption I have heard of. IPv6 is the future, but only because inertia. IPv6 was forward looking only in the number of addresses it allowed. It was otherwise designed mainly to run on circa-1990 routers efficiently with no consideration to backwards compatibility or ease of configuration.

    It is a major pain in the ass and device support for it is lousy. Sure I can add IPv6 rules in my routers, firewalls, and switches, but the UI is completely different (and more primitive) compared to IPv4 in ever manufacturer I’ve seen so far.

    It’s too late for a more sane protocol, but maybe if we fix the devices so it doesn’t take 10x as long to make simple changes, the problem would solve itself.

  21. Patrick Baggett says:

    I’m going to try it. I have IPv6 at home (finally!) after a router software upgrade. I think it should be interesting to see what sites and services are and aren’t accessible.

  22. dmartin says:

    I cannot believe the number of replies that it is a bad idea to shut down IPv4 ISP traffic. They advocate just the opposite – end user devices. This is a good test for anybody, and can be done any day. June 6th good a day as any other.

    @JOSHUA – If it wasn’t for devices like NAT routers, my take is IPv4 would already be dead – IMHLO.

  23. Bob says:

    June 6th? D-Day? Is the only thing we live for have to involve military and force, even if it is subliminal?

    This whole thing is a non-issue.

    While IPv6 is fully formed, the community at large (internet and so forth) is not even close yet.

    Along with the military attitudes, how are we supposed to show our patriotism when we can’t shop on-line or conduct other, possibly more important and timely business on the chosen date?

  24. Paul murphy says:

    This is a terrible idea.

    The biggest reason why IPv4 is so dominant is audit and fraud control. Corporate America doesn’t have a solution to IP tracking. Everything from email communication to Google AdSense, AdWords, and your credit card transactions revolve around the relative risk of a single IPv4 address.

    When you consider the subnet assigned to a single home users cable modem is an order of magnitude larger that then entire IPv4 internet you see the problem real fast.

    The internet is built on top of a single IPv4 address. Turning those off will only break commerce. Period.

    The business world and the technology world have completely different perspectives on IPv6. It has nothing to do with changing over router configurations and end user addresses. It is all about fraud control.

  25. Lee Howard says:

    Responding to several folks’ recent comments. . .

    Think Ahead: The original post was December 2013.

    Rob: There is a market for IPv4 addresses. If demand for IPv4 addresses as it has, it will only last until 2017. IPv6 has to be a replacement before then.

    TickTock: It takes days like this to identify these problems. Millions of people are already running dual-stack, so it’s time to find bugs in IPv6-only.

    IPv6 is not quite inevitable. It certainly has the support of some large and influential companies. It does need continued attention, development, and deployment in order to be a viable alternative to IPv4. This one day will be useful, for those 120-some engineers who choose to participate, to identify bugs and problems and report them to the sites and people who can fix them.

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