Internet pipes not ready to burst, researcher says

Despite the fact that more people are dishing up video and other bandwidth-saturating content, Internet traffic growth rates are actually slowing down, according to a new Web site at the University of Minnesota.The Minnesota Internet Traffic Studies (MINTS) site, which we first learned about late last year, shows that Internet traffic growth rates have settled in at about 50% to 60% in the U.S. and worldwide as the Internet matures. That’s a far cry from the doubling rates every year or even every 100 days that some like WorldCom claimed in the mid-to-late 1990s.Though that’s not to say the exabytes of data sitting in databases and other places around the globe couldn’t find its way onto the Internet at some point and create a problem, said Andrew Odlyzko, principal investigator for the site and a professor of mathematics at the University of Minnesota (not to mention an early critic of the bandwidth glut built up by telecom carriers at the turn of the 21st century).

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