Last week the UN’s Broadband Commission held its fifth meeting to discuss how to extend the broadband Internet to the almost six billion people on the planet who have yet to connect at broadband speeds. A critical component to extending the Internet is the work done by the multi-stakeholder technical community, especially the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
From March 25th through the 30th, the IETF held its 83rd meeting and Cisco was honored to be the host sponsor. Over fourteen hundred attendees, from 56 countries, participated in the meeting which gathered a large open multi-stakeholder community of network designers, engineers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution and smooth operation of the Internet. Technologies previously defined by the IETF, such as IPv6 and DNSSEC, are now at the forefront of efforts to ensure the Internet’s continued growth as a trusted platform of communications and innovation for billions of people around the world. As a result, the Internet has now grown to be essential to the 21st century global economy and a key driver of social development due in large part to the work of the IETF.
As the IETF nears its 30th year, challenges still remain however, such as providing for the increased importance of mobile Internet access and further ensuring that the Internet grows as the trusted platform of communications and innovation for billions of people around the world.
These issues, as well as others, are being addressed by the Internet’s multi-stakeholder technical community, which includes the IETF and others in a largely self-regulatory multi-stakeholder Internet governance ecosystem.
To fully leverage the Internet’s potential, the technical community, led by the IETF, plays a critical role in leading efforts to ensure the future and freedom of the Internet. Cisco is committed to the IETF as the forum where Internet standards are developed and core Internet principles are enabled, protected and fostered.