[ARIN-Suggestions] Response to Suggestion 2014.14: IPV6 ADDRESS PART NAMING

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Thu Jul 10 15:52:24 EDT 2014

ARIN has received and issued its response to ACSP Suggestion 2014.14. 
The suggestion and response text are provided below. This suggestion is 
now closed and is available at:



Communications and Member Services
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

Suggestion: *

IpV6 hexadecimal number groupings have no formal or informal name, 
unlike the "octet" of IpV4. I would like to suggest the term "twoctet". 
Obviously a mash-up of the words two and octet. Accurately describes the 
number. It is familiar enough to be recognizable as a networking term. 
Different enough to be associated in time with IpV6 only. A Google 
search reveals a surprising lack of hits for the term.


Thank you for your suggestion, numbered 2014.14 upon confirmed receipt, 
about the naming of IPv6 address space parts. I think many people have 
shared your observation over the years, and I am glad you brought it up.
ARIN and the other Regional Internet Registries fulfill the role of 
managing the distribution of IP addresses, but do not make decisions 
about the protocol specifications and naming. As I am sure you are 
already aware, the protocols themselves are developed by the Internet 
Engineering Task Force (IETF).
The topic you have brought up in this suggestion has already seen active 
discussion at the IETF over the years. In fact, there is an Internet 
Draft on this specific topic. Contact information for the authors can be 
found inside the draft if you are interested in reaching out to them.


Thank you for using the ARIN Suggestion and Consultation Process.

This suggestion is now closed.
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