Feb 7 2007
The Internet is getting busier and busier. According to Deloitte & Touche, they predict that this year will have greater traffic on the Internet than its capacity to serve it. Their reason for them stating this is that the number of Internet users have increased enormously along with an increase in streaming video (which is quite a bandwidth hog). The Internet backbones have failed to make the upgrade to be able to handle the future digital traffic jam.
The costs of building Internet infrastructures are multi-billion dollar projects. This is one reason why there is hesitation in upgrading existing systems. A major slow down in Web traffic could also justify creating a two-tiered Internet (see Free As In Internet Freedom). This is a battle currently being waged by net neutrality advocates.
No matter what happens, Internet infrastructres will need to be upgraded. Bandwidth and usage will continuosly increase. People will soon be downloading high capacity DVD media, which can 25 GB or greater in size. We’re going to need a faster Internet and larger hard drives to be able to store all these things.