The video-driven Internet
It’s really the user-driven Net, but all those users out there are viewing, producing, and uploading more and more video. The lead of this article says a lot: “Video may have killed the radio star, but it doesn’t have to kill the Internet.” CNET reports that Internet service providers are scrambling to figure out how to keep up with all the “video-driven bandwidth demand.” Demand grows as household use of broadband grows. The Pew Internet & American Life Project recently reported that 55% of US households now have broadband connections, up from 47% a year ago. CNET cites ComScore figures showing that “Americans are currently watching upward of 10 billion videos online a month” and reports that that’s only the beginning. The rest of the piece is about what service providers are working on as they figure out how to support our habit.