The Future Of The Internet


It's on television, in magazines, newspapers, and in our schools.
Everywhere you go you hear about the Internet. Dubbed "The Information
Superhighway," one might think that this network of millions of computers
around the globe is as fast and as captivating as television, but with
more and more users logging on everyday and staying on longer and longer,
this "Information Superhighway" could be perhaps more correctly referred
to as a clogged Los-Angeles expressway at lunch hour.

Users are often frustrated at busy signals and slow speeds. The
corporate giant, America Online, Inc, has recently been the target of
several lawsuits over this because when it changed it's pricing plan, ...

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to users who were never able to get on during the troubled ordeal.

Some people are predicting, because of the length of Internet calls and
the amount of bandwidth the calls take, that one day in the not so distant
future, the entire telephone network, or at least a great portion of it,
will cease to function, and all telephone calls will fail to connect. This
idea is referred to by some as the "Gridlock Theory." Others advise that
steps can be taken to avoid such a disaster, such as upgrading phone lines
and limiting Internet usage. Following the gridlock idea is Ethernet
creator Bob Metcalfe, who believes that the slowdowns will only get worse.
"We recently had an outage... that denied 400,00 people access to the
Internet, in its entirety, for thirteen hours. I expect even worse cases
to develop this year." (Hunter, the Internet.)

It is estimated that twenty-five to thirty million users currently are
on the Internet. According to a recent study by Pacific Bell, and ...

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