Reported Death Of The Internet Greatly Exaggerated
from the won't-stop-the-lobbyists-from-using-it-though dept
Remember a few months back when there was a Deloitte & Touche report that was misread by some folks against network neutrality rules to mean that the push to keep net neutrality was going to kill the internet? At the time, we pointed to a few famous earlier predictions of the internet’s demise (including one by ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe) that never came true. In that case, Bob Metcalfe was willing to (literally) eat his incorrect prediction. We’re wondering if the latest crop of doomsayers will do the same when the internet continues to hold up. As we noted at the time, despite the dire claims of the report (and some telco shills) that no investment would be made if network neutrality couldn’t be broken, there was healthy investment in adding capacity to networks.
The latest, as pointed out by Broadband Reports is even more damning. Someone decided to do a little digging further into the Deloitte & Touche report, and while D&T wouldn’t provide any more details about their predictions, the reporter went straight to the folks who manage the systems D&T predicted would run into trouble — and those people flat out denied that they’re going to run into any capacity problems any time soon. Basically, capacity keeps growing and even though usage is growing faster than capacity right now, there’s plenty of room to spare, and plenty of time to increase capacity should things look like they’re getting tight. So, basically, the reports of the internet’s impending destruction due to things like YouTube or net neutrality supporters has been greatly exaggerated.