Interesting article from BBC News about whether the Internet is up to what we’re asking of it, thanks to demand for HD video and social networking.

A recent report from Deloitte said 2007 could be the year the internet approaches capacity, with demand outstripping supply. It predicted bottlenecks in some of the net’s backbones as the amount of data overwhelms the size of the pipes.

The appetite for content from the net is growing at an exponential rate and there are real concerns that the network might not be up to the task

Now that’s interesting, isn’t it? What happens if the ISPs don’t upgrade fast and well enough and things slow to a snail’s pace? Will people abandon the Internet in droves? Could social media break the Internet?

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  1. You’d be amazed Maggie how many of these predictions have been coming down the pipe. I’m an old hand at this stuff and every year on Usenet (in the 80’s!) it would never last another 8 months. 3 years ago it was RSS feeds. This year it’s video…

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