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In late 1990, The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), together with engineers from within the Internet community, recognized the usage trends and the then current shortcomings of the Internet. Rather than scrap the existing Internet, these people wanted to maintain all the good things about it, while extending its capabilities. To do this they created IPv6. Designed to interoperate with existing products that use IPv4 (for example, hosts and routers), IPv6 provides both the infrastructure for the Next Generation Internet and a means to deploy new services that leverage the enhanced and new features of the protocol.

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