Comcast Formally Launches IPv6 Home Networking Pilot

This is huge! In a pair of blog posts today Comcast formally launched its IPv6 “Home Networking Pilot”:

As I explained in an earlier post about this impending launch, support for home networks is a critical step for getting IPv6 more widely deployed, particularly as we collectively prepare for World IPv6 Launch on June 6, 2012. As Jason Livingood explains in his post (my emphasis added in bold):

Just as with our standalone computer support for IPv6, customer home networking is also native dual stack. This means that eligible customers will be provisioned with IPv6 addresses in addition to their IPv4 address. We maintain our commitment to the goal of a seamless transition to IPv6 and strongly believe that native dual stack is the best approach for our customers. We also believe that this strategy will over time will meaningfully differentiate our service from our competitors in a way that customers will greatly appreciate. Our native dual stack Xfinity Internet service will provide customers with direct IPv4 and IPv6 access, without the need to use a tunnel, proxy, network address translator, or other inefficient, outdated, and error-prone middlebox. That means customer Internet access will continue to be direct and fast. And because middlebox solutions are not used, customers avoid the risk that certain applications slow down, fail to work, or experience other annoying errors. Since two of the main reasons customers buy our Xfinity Internet service is reliability and the speed — and this approach ensures that we maintain both while other ISPs may face challenges doing so over time — we think our strategic approach to IPv6 will be a winner in the marketplace in the coming years.

John Jason Brzozowski hits a similar note in his post:

Native dual stack support remains central to Comcast deployment of IPv6, which means that customers who are enabled with IPv6 for home networking will be provisioned with IPv6 in addition to IPv4. This approach allows us to avoid the near term use of other types of transition technologies like tunnel and large scale Network Address Translation (NAT). Our experience and industry best practices continue to suggest that native dual stack offers the best path to a seamless IPv6 transition and an optimal customer experience, which is paramount to Comcast.

John Jason also makes a key point that not all home routers currently fully support IPv6 and directs customers to Comcast’s MyDeviceInfo site for the current list of devices Comcast has tested with IPv6.

As Jason Livingood explains, this initial launch will occur in a few of Comcast’s pilot markets but then will be expanded as rapidly as possible to other Comcast subscribers.

For us as an industry this is outstanding news… and many congratulations to Jason, John Jason and their teams!

Now lets see the rest of the ISPs out there join Comcast in providing this level of IPv6 support!