Peter Tseronis | And the Web is hardly old enough to drive

Think back to the first time you used the Internet. Spend a moment reflecting on what it was in particular that aroused your imagination.

How cool was it to retrieve information at the click of a button? Now, fast-forward to the present and consider how the Internet has influenced your life.

As consumers, we want our information retrieval to be faster than lightning and our Internet connectivity to be warp speed. Our reliance on the Internet today and in future generations will mature exponentially. Whether it's personal banking, medical research, or your next career move, the Internet is the medium that we depend on each and every day.

One thing we can bank on is that information technology will forever be in a state of evolution.

Consequently, the next-generation Internet has taken on a global perspective.

What was once thought unimaginable has become believable.

For most of us, the Internet is only 15 years old. Ask yourself, 'What will be possible when the Internet turns 30?'

Peter Tseronis is director of network services at the Education Department and cochairman of the CIO Council's IPv6 Working Group.


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