as much as 10 percent of the Internet's traffic could be "raw sewage."
In a widely cited report published last November, a research firm projected that user demand for the Internet could outpace network capacity by 2011.
There are multiple issues confronting Internet stability. The second article holds one key piece of information that really highlights the problems for the US and Canada.
The worries about digital traffic congestion are not really about the Internet’s main trunk lines, the equivalent of network superhighways. Instead, the problem is close to home — the capacity of neighborhood switches, routers and pipes into a house. The cost of stringing high-speed optical fiber to a home, analysts estimate, can be $1,000 or more.
in Taiwan where Internet access is more than twice as fast and costs far less
We have too much legacy cabling in our country. What is equally annoying, many newly built neighborhoods are still installed with traditional copper wires. The cost of replacing the old infrastructure is bad enough, but we keep compounding the problem by relying on old technology that can't keep up with the load.
In the end, the conclusion that “The Internet has proven to be wonderfully resilient,” said Mr. Metcalfe, who is now a venture capitalist. “But the Internet is vulnerable today. It’s not that it will collapse, but that opportunities will be lost.” is more than likely the correct one.