On June 6, 2012, GMT (or at 5:00 pm Pacific Saving Time on June 5), popular Internet companies and service providers will turn on IPv6 support in their networks and all of them will leave it on for many years until they really need a next generation Internet Protocol. One year ago on June 6, 2011, several Internet company agreed to test their networks using IPv6 for 24 hours period. The event was coordinated by the nonprofit organization of Internet Society. The test was regarded as very successful. As a result, majority tech companies have decided to join the launch date on June 6, 2012.
In other part of the world, companies have already started to switch to IPv6 as they agreed to participate in the launch date on June 6. The US-based Internet service providers involved in the June 6 launch event include AT&T, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable. Several networking equipment manufacturers will also connect their networks into IPv6, including Cisco and D-Link. Popular web services providers, social networking, and search engines such as Yahoo, MSN, Facebook, Google and Bing will also join the launch.