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The authoritative source for technical standards related to Internet Protocols (IP), both IP version 4 (IPv4) and IPv6, is embodied in a set of Request for Comments (RFC) documents produced by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards development organization (SDO) and other internet standards organizations operating under the auspices of the Internet SOCiety (ISOC). The IETF maintains a website of the technical reference documents for both IPv4 and IPv6.

In April 2012 the IETF issued RFC 6540 requiring that all new products must support IPv6 and updates to existing products should support IPv6. That RFC further requires that IPv6 support must be equivalent or better in quality and functionality when compared to IPv4 support. In Jul 2017 the IETF issued RFC 8200 announcing that IPv6 was an internet standard. In Jan 2019 the IETF issued RFC 8504 defining common functionality required in all routers and other network devices that support IPv6.

In addition to the SDOs based in the United States, there are a number of international networking SDOs, such as the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). Another international networking SDO is the European Association for Standardizing Information and Communication Systems (ECMA).

The Réseaux IP Européens (RIPE) Network Coordination Centre (NCC) is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). It maintains a web page of policy standards followed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and the RIRs. Policy standards on the RIPE NCC web page which contain the word RIPE in the title apply only to the RIPE NCC RIR while policy standards on that web page that do not contain the word RIPE in the title apply to the IANA, the RIPE NCC RIR and the other four RIRs.

The Broadband Forum, which is an organization encompassing a wide range of Digital Subscriber Line- (DSL), Asynchronous DSL- (ADSL), and Internet Protocol/Multi-Protocol Label Switching- (IP/MPLS) networking devices, maintains IPv6-related technical reports here. In particular, see Technical Reports (TR) TR-124 Issue 2, TR-177 issue 1, TR-181 Issue 2 Amendment 2, and TR-187 Issue 2 comprising BroadbandSuite 4.0 release, March, 2011 (also referred to as the IPv6 Toolkit, according to this press release), as well as TR-242 Issue 2, Feb 2015, and TR-296, Nov 2013.

Operating under the auspices of the Aeronautical Radio, Incorporated (ARINC) Industry Activities (IA) within the broader SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (originally the Society of Automotive Engineers), the Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) Executive Committee began developing an Internet Protocol Suite (IPS) for Aeronautical Safety Service in Sept, 2015. The IPS will be based on the International Civil Aeronautical Organization (ICAO) Aeronautical Telecommunications Network (ATN) Manual for the ATN using IPS Standards and Protocols (Doc 9896) and prevalent commercial IP networking technology (for example, IPv6). ARINC Project Paper 686: Roadmap for IPv6 Transition in Aviation and Project Paper 858: Internet Protocol Suite for Aeronautical Safety Services - Technical Requirements are currently under development by the Network Infrastructure and Security (NIS) Subcommittee.


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