Is The Web Headed For A Heart Attack?
Like clogging arteries, the Web's pipes are headed for some serious blockage. Indeed, savvy Internet back-bone providers are starting to worry. "We don't see anything catastrophic near term, but over the next few years, there's this fundamental wall we're heading toward," said Pieter Poll, chief technology officer at Qwest Communications International.
Traffic volumes are growing at a much faster rate than computing power, meaning the production of newer, faster computers is being rapidly overshadowed by the increased demand from users for more. This could prove to be a crucial argument to those on the opposite side of the Net Neutrality debate. They argue that charging publishers for bandwidth usage would help finance an enhanced Web infrastructure, while forcing publishers to eliminate or at least cut back on some of the user-generated material that helps clogging the Web.