Monday, May 4, 2015

UK Experts: Need to Control Internet Demand, Due to Power & Fiber Shortage

Adam Withnall report to The Independent that "Britain could be forced to introduce internet rationing, after an expert warned it could consume the country’s entire power supply within 20 years. 

Experts said we were close to “filling up” the nation’s network of optical fibres for the first time ever, with the demands of popular video-streaming websites like YouTube and Netflix putting an unprecedented strain on communications infrastructure .. 

..devices such as PCs and TVs included, internet transmission already accounts for between 8 and 16 per cent of Britain’s power

Andrew Ellis [pictured], professor of optical communications at Aston University, said rationing internet use or charging more so that more cables can be installed may need to be considered. Unless action is taken, optical fibres could reach their limit within eight years". 

See "Britain may be forced to ration the internet, expert warns, as web use could consume 100% of nation's power supply by 2035" - here.

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