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Does The Internet Face Overload?

Posted: 17th Jun, 2007 By: MarkJ
There have always been people predicting the Internet's collapse, since as long as we can remember in fact, but are such fears now anymore realistic than they were before?

The BBC has done an interesting article examining how our use of the Internet has changed over the years and whether existing infrastructure can keep up:

Even if the routers can continue to take what the fibre delivers, there is another problem - the internet is not all fibre. A lot of the end connections, the ones that go to our individual home computers, are made of decades-old copper.

"The real issue that people are going to face, and are already noticing at home, is that ISPs are starting to cut back on the bandwidth that is available to people in their homes," said net expert Mr Thompson. "They call it bandwidth shaping."

"They do this because they have a limited capacity to deliver to 100 or 200 homes, and if everybody's using the internet at the same time then the whole thing starts to get congested. Before that happens they cut back on the heavy users."

It's an interesting summary of perspectives and unsurprisingly concludes with a reminder that you never know what might happen, yet the Internet has historically managed to keep pace.

The full BBC Click piece can be read HERE and our own 'Broadband Congestion' article might help to illuminate some of the more local issues HERE.
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