Top sites start using new ‘phone numbers’ in June

GENEVA (AP) ? Internet giants including Yahoo, Facebook and AT&T will start using a new system of numerical addresses to connect users to websites from June 6.

An alliance of major tech companies said Tuesday it is pressing ahead with plans to permanently roll out new ‘phone numbers’ for Internet-connected devices following a successful test last June.

Engineers say the new system, known as IPv6, is necessary because the relentless growth of the Internet means the old way of assigning online addresses has almost reached its limit.

Equipment manufacturers such as Cisco and D-Link are also taking part in the launch that will eventually allow more than 340 trillion, trillion, trillion Internet addresses.