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Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Internet just got a lot bigger!

How "big" is the Internet? The answer is as big as the capacity to transmit and share information around the world using a fixed and allocated address system. And that capacity, a size and scope thought to be enough to last an eternity, is becoming too little and too slow. So a change had to be made...

4.3 billion just wasn't enough -- 340 undecillion is more like it. That's 340 trillion trillion trillion, the new capacity of available Internet addresses, thanks to IPv6, the next generation protocol that launched this past week. 

To listen to a story on the new Internet, go to Weekend Edition Sunday on NPR (or click here).

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