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Discussion in 'EditorsBlog' started by shanetasker, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. shanetasker New Member

    The inauguration of Barak Obama earlier in the week was the world's largest media event ever. The media coverage of the inauguration was not limited to traditional articles on Web sites and included all sorts of new media including high-definition live streaming of the event. Often at large events such as sporting events there are a large number of people trying to use their mobile phones, which causes the network to be saturated due to a lack of capacity. Due to the consumption of high-definition content the 'pipes' of the Internet were in a very similar situation due to the huge spike in data consumption. If we think of where the Internet originated from, it was a text-based platform used by several hundred people but has changed to a multimedia platform used by billons of people. Fundamentally, though, the underlying Internet technology has not changed since the first packet was sent across the wire. Is the performance of the Internet during the inauguration of Obama a sign that the capacity of the Internet is nearing saturation?
    - Peter Ward
  2. Robert Domitz New Member

    I believe that Internet saturation at special events is, for the present, a transient phenomenon. Service providers have not yet developed a good enough model to predict usage nor do they have available sufficient portable resources to deal with usage spikes. This will come with time. They are motivated by profit and each time a usage spike bogs down the Internet, they lose revenue.The real issue is adding high-speed service in places where there is little to no profit, such as many of our rural areas. Here, cell phones do not get enough signal strength to work and telephone lines remain plain-old copper pairs, suitable for dial-up only. For example, most of my 65-mile commute to work are "dead zones"

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