U.S. telecommunications giant AT&T has claimed that, without investment, the Internet's current network architecture will reach the limits of its capacity by 2010.Man, surely that's a pretty radical picture of the High Definition Life lived in some intense virtual reality... but still, there's only 24 hours in a day!
Speaking at a Westminster eForum on Web 2.0 this week in London, Jim Cicconi, vice president of legislative affairs for AT&T, warned that the current systems that constitute the Internet will not be able to cope with the increasing amounts of video and user-generated content being uploaded.
"The surge in online content is at the center of the most dramatic changes affecting the Internet today," he said. "In three years' time, 20 typical households will generate more traffic than the entire Internet today."
But Cicconi has at least one useful reminder for those on the other side of the blogosphere who spend their days ranting agains the system:
The AT&T executive pointed out that the Internet exists, thanks to the infrastructure provided by a group of mostly private companies. "There is nothing magic or ethereal about the Internet--it is no more ethereal than the highway system. It is not created by an act of God, but upgraded and maintained by private investors," he said.Hopefully, we will all learn to appreciate the opportunities that private risk taking creates for all of us, and with no guarantee of a return on investment. Meanwhile, in the leftist camp, where the BBC is funded by a mandatory and hefty tax on every British television set, and thus financed to send its stateist-multiculturalist/imperialist anti-nation, anti-English/American/Israel views around the world, the pseudo-aristocratic assumption of a right to a free ride continues:
The BBC has come under fire from service providers such as Tiscali, which claim that its iPlayer online-TV service is becoming a major drain on network bandwidth.
In a recent posting on his BBC blog, Ashley Highfield, the corporation's director of future media and technology, defended the iPlayer: "I would not suggest that ISPs start to try and charge content providers. They are already charging their customers for broadband to receive any content they want."