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Vint Cerf Suggests Cash For Clunkers Scheme For IPv6 Equipment

Google's Vice President and chief Internet evangelist, Vint Cerf, warned UK businesses that doing nothing to transition to IPv6 is not an option and suggested that the UK government introduces tax credits to encourage companies to migrate to IPv6 equipment.

Eweekeurope reports (opens in new tab) that Cerf suggested that "some thought be given to tax credit for upgrade of equipment to v6 capability before adding "You’d have to do the math to see what impact it would have, but creating some business incentive might be helpful.”

The "cash for clunkers" scheme was used successfully in the UK by car manufacturers (and consumer electronic companies) to encourage cash-strapped customers to upgrade.

Whatever route is taken, time is running out as the number of IPv4 addresses run low; it is estimated that the last batches of IPv4 addresses will be released towards the end of 2011.

In a scenario that's not dissimilar to the Y2K bug more than 10 years ago, some network operators intervening at the 6UK event acknowledged that convincing customers to move to IPv6 has proved to be a difficult cookie to crack.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.