Thursday, June 26, 2008

Technology Review: Internet Gridlock

The use of the Internet is growing exponentially and this is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Much of it has to do with downloads of video, which use a lot of bandwidth. There is concern that the infrastructure may not be able to keep up with demand, in which case, the internet could experience gridlock more often. That can cause serious problems since the internet has become such an important economic tool. If it happens, it will need to be dealt with, through tighter management of traffic or even by changing the composition of packets sent over the internet to establish priorities. The solution adopted could result in a loss of internet freedom, a feature highly valued by many internet users. Or it could simply result in increased costs. The next year or two will tell the tale. Technology Review: Internet Gridlock

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