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Interesting – and somewhat alarming – article on CNetNews.com in which Jim Cicconi, vice president of legislative affairs for AT&T, warns that unless there is an investment in the Internet’s current infrastructure, “the current systems that constitute the Internet will not be able to cope with the increasing amounts of video and user generated content being uploaded.” In other words, “We are going to be butting up against the physical capacity of the Internet by 2010,” Cicconi says.

"The surge in online content is at the center of the most dramatic changes affecting the Internet today," Cicconi says. “In three years' time, 20 typical households will generate more traffic than the entire Internet today."

The investment projected to be necessary in the US to get the Internet to where it should be - $55 billion in the next three years. The worldwide requirement - $130 billion.

KC's View:
Well, I’m willing to take up a collection…especially since my livelihood sort of depends on Internet infrastructure holding up.