Unclogging the Tubes: ISPs Search for Solutions to Overburdened Lines

Why are our Internet lines in danger of jamming up?One way of looking at it is this: ISPs have been serving us an all-you-can-eat buffet for years. That has worked great, because they’ve had more food than they knew what to do with and we’ve enjoyed the simplicity of a flat price and our pick of the dishes.But every year, our appetites have been growing. Some of us have turned into real gluttons, taking advantage of the pricing to eat 10 times as much as the majority of customers. The food is running out, and diners are starting to get in each other’s way at the table.

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