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Who would have thought that the internet, or as many people call it, the World Wide Web would ever get clogged up.  The thought has never crossed my mind.  How could this technological marvel ever be slowed down.

With the constantly changing technology and innovation, the need for more bandwidth and faster speed on the Internet is a must.  There are now real questions about the amount of bandwidth that will be needed to keep the internet unclogged.

The increasing demand for video on the Internet shows that we are moving into a brave new world.  Who would have thought 10 years ago that you would be able to get video on both your computer and cell phone?

A recent New York Times article, "Video Road Hogs Stir Fear of Internet Traffic Jam", stated that, "Moving images, far more than words or sounds, are hefty rivers of digital bits as they traverse the Internet's pipes and gateways, requiring, in industry parlance, more bandwidth. Last year, by one estimate, the video site You Tube, owned by Google, consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet did in 2000."

The fear that the internet will crash are mostly calls of hype.  The internet is not going to crash.  Will it be as congested as rush hour traffic in Atlanta, DC, or LA?  It could be.  In that same NY Times article noted expert on the 'net, Johna Till Johnson, president of Nemertes Research, is quoted saying, "The Internet doesn't collapse, but there would be a growing class of stuff you just can't do online".  Johnson has "predicted the bandwidth squeeze by 2011, anticipating that demand will grow by 100 percent or more a year."

As always there will be a cost.  Who pays for this expansion of the bandwidth?  We all know somebody will have to pay for it.  Will it be consumers and small business with limited resources and demands for such data who feel they are already paying their fair share?  Or will it be large corporations and big-time funded start-ups that use massive amounts data and have the resources to contribute to help fund expanding needs, but are adamantly opposed to paying for increased bandwidth.  There will be and must be more investment in expanding the bandwidth on the Internet.

The average person could care less about bandwidth and innovation.  They just want their service to work when they turn it on, and they want fast access to the information they are looking for.  The internet has become an integral part of our lives, and we expect it to work when we log in.  It would be crazy for any of the current major ISPs to try to limit or stifle innovation.  More creative and successful businesses help them grow their businesses by offering and proving greater services.

For any company to hamper or stop innovation would be the quickest way to destroy their business model.  On the other hand, asking to be compensated for providing extra service for specific and bigger users of a product is the only realistic way a company or business can survive.

The battle has begun.  Let's hope that in the end both sides will find a way to make it work for both consumers and businesses.  The future of both technology and innovation must not and should not be hampered. 

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