Fort Scott Community College in Kansas has rolled out a new network service across its six major campuses, reports the Joplin Independent: All student and public lab machines now have full Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) connectivity to other IPv6 resources around the world. FSCC’s DNS and web servers now use the protocol as well, and anyone at an IPv6 institution around the world who goes to the college web site will be served up the pages using IPv6. This milestone puts FSCC ahead of all Kansas universities and even most Internet2 universities across the country in terms of IPv6 adoption, reports the Independent. IPv6 is the newest iteration of the internet protocol for packet-switched networks. Although IPv4 is still the predominant protocol connecting nearly all internet-connected PCs, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has designated IPv6 as version 4’s successor. Casey Russell, director of information systems, at FSCC says that IPv6 is gaining ground in research and government installations, as well as in education settings such as FSCC. "Adoption overseas, particularly in Asia, is growing quickly. Adoption in U.S. corporate settings, however, is still very slow," Russell said. He added: "Because the switching and routing hardware at FSCC supported IPv6 already, FSCC’s IT staff was able to implement IPv6 with only a minimum amount of time and at no cost to the institution."

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