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Internet could "break" by 2010

We've heard it before; unless (opens in new tab) there's a massive cash injection in the telecommunications sector by 2010 - USD 137 billion to be precise - the Internet as we know it could "break down" probably because the tubes (opens in new tab) are clogged.

That's what an independent analysis firm, Nemertes Research Group, reckons in a study that indicates that demand for bandwidth is growing at a much faster pace than what is currently supplied.

In the US alone, around USD 55 bn will have to be invested in internet backbones - which provide the fat pipes needed to keep the internet running.

What hasn't been said is that the report was funded by the Internet Innovation Alliance which regroups a number of telecommunications companies (including Level3 and AT&T) which have a vested interest in getting money (public money if possible) to solve a problem called "exaflood" (opens in new tab) which is the virtual flooding (opens in new tab) of the internet by immense amounts of bits and bytes as more and more people consume more and more videos

As DSL reports (opens in new tab) put it, "these companies don't get exactly what they want from lawmakers in Washington, the entire Internet collapses and we're back to using soup cans and string."

But let's be honest, the Co-inventor (opens in new tab) of the Ethernet and founder of 3Com, Bob Meltcalfe himself predicted back in December 1995 that the internet would collapse in 1996 .... 14 years before its predicted death.

The Net Neutrality (opens in new tab)debate was detrimental to the telecoms companies, they are now charging back with yet another excuse to get massive investment.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.