Actually, you don't need to panic at all. Come the morning of June 6, the sun will still rise in the east, kitty cats will still purr in your lap when you pet them, and the Internet will continue to work just fine after you boot up your computer.
Why only 1%? It's because the Internet Society knows most people aren't ready yet. As the Society explains, “The goal is to reach 1% by June. In many cases, users may need to upgrade or replace hardware and software, such as operating systems or home routers, to use IPv6. Over time, as users upgrade, IPv6 adoption will increase without any changes in the ISP’s service or equipment.”
She's right. So, while there's no need to get worried as an Internet user about IPv6 yet, it is time for you to start checking your system and connection to see if you're IPv6 ready. The best way to do that is to use the Test Your IPv6 site.
2) SOHO networking Original OEMs will offer IPv6 compliant equipment.
Most up-to-date corporate networking equipment already either supports IPv6 or can be upgraded to support it. Home IPv6 hardware... not so much. Starting on June 6th, however, several home networking equipment manufacturers will begin to enable IPv6 by default across their range of home router products.
3) Major Web sites will offer IPv6 on their main Web sites.
Many of the world's top Web sites, including Bing, Facebook, Google, and Yahoo, will permanently support IPv6 on their main sites They are not, let me repeat myself, not turning off IPv4.
The only people who are likely to have trouble reaching these sites are those who've already installed IPv6, “but are either using a public tunnel that is currently giving poor performance; or otherwise have a route that is installed but broken or suboptimal.” You can find out if that might happen to you by visiting the aforementioned Test Your IPv6 site.
To learn if you need to worry, on June 6, go to a Web site, such as Google or any of the others that are supporting both IPv4 and IPv6. These offer DNS (Domain Name System) records for IPv4, A, and IPv6, AAAA. If you have a bad IPv6 connection such "dual stack" Web sites will appear to time out on you.
There are numerous foul-ups that can cause this hang-up. Fortunately, there's an excellent guide, What to do if you're broken... that can help you find and fix your particular problem. If worse comes to worst, you can always just turn IPv6 off. After all, like I said, at there's no reason for anyone to panic about IPv6... yet.
If you're a CIO, CTO, or network administrator, it's a different story. It's well past time for you to get serious about IPv6, but that's a story for another day.