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Internet address management may be on the brink of change. The ITU is investigating a number of issues surrounding the adoption of IPv6. In accordance with the recommendations of the ITU Council meeting of 20 October 2009, the ITU established an IPv6 Group to investigate a number of issues. These include the possibility of the ITU becoming an International Internet Registry and the feasibility of implementing a Country Internet Registry model for interested Member States to use as an alternative to the Regional Internet Registry system. This group will meet with its Member States and Sector Members on 15-16 March 2010. The findings of the ITU IPv6 Group will then be reported to the ITU Council 2010 meeting in April.
In collaboration with the NRO, APNIC is hosting a special session at APRICOT 2010 to give the technical community, amongst other stakeholders, an opportunity to discuss the issues and ramifications of the ITU's possible entry into the IP address management arena. Along with other experts, APNIC, as an ITU-D sector member, will attend the ITU IPv6 Group meeting in March. APNIC will report any results from the session at APRICOT 2010 to that ITU IPv6 Group meeting.