"There's a strong consensus among the members" regarding the need for IPV6 guidelines, says Tom Starr, president and chairman of the Broadband Forum (and a lead member of technical staff at AT&T Labs ) during a recent interview with Light Reading.
"There is no debate, and no dissent amongst the members -- there is a real urgency around IPV6," adds Starr (though he declined to comment on behalf of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)). "We are going to fall off the IPV6 cliff -- it's only the timescale that's up for debate. Is it six months? Nine months? Two years?" (See Report: Most ISPs Are IPv6 Ready, Cisco to Service Providers: Get Moving on IPv6, and IPv6 Prep Warnings Get More Urgent.)
The Forum's CEO, Robin Mersh, says the members have "asked for IPV6 work to be prioritized." As a result, the Forum is working with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to create a solution for the implementation of IPV6, he adds.
So what are the other hot issues for the Forum's members? Starr and Mersh highlighted the following as being in particular demand:
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading