Comcast, Facebook Engineers Win Itojun Service Awards

By: Carolyn Duffy Marsan

Date: March 1, 2013

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Comcast and Facebook engineers were honored for their extraordinary dedication to the deployment of IPv6 and were awarded the fourth annual Itojun Service Awards at the IETF meeting in Atlanta. This year’s recipients of the Itojun award were John Jason Brzozowski, chief architect IPv6 at Comcast, and Facebook software engineers Donn Lee and Paul Saab.

Brzozowski was recognized for his efforts to provide IPv6 connectivity to cable broadband users in North America and for evangelizing the importance of IPv6 deployment globally. Comcast plans to complete IPv6 deployment for all United States residential customers by June 2013.

Lee and Saab were recognized for making popular content available over IPv6 and for their contributions to World IPv6 Day in 2011 and World IPv6 Launch in 2012. Facebook deployed IPv6 in production mode in May 2012.

Awarded annually since 2009, the Itojun Service Award honors the memory of Dr. Jun-ichiro “Itojun” Hagino, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 37. The award was established by the friends of Itojun and is administered by the Internet Society to commemorate Itojun’s extraordinary dedication to IPv6 deployment. The Itojun Service Award includes a presentation crystal, a US$3,000 honorarium, and a travel grant.

Previous recipients of the Itojun award were engineers from Google, FreeBSD, and the French ISP, Free.

“It’s obviously a great honor to be recognized with many friends and colleagues,” Brzozowski said, urging IETF attendees to “keep working hard to deploy IPv6.”

Saab added that “IPv6 turned out not to be so difficult. I encourage everybody to start doing IPv6.”