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Internet Network Companies Say Bandwidth Gap is Growing

27 May, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey

The gap between those with low-speed Internet access and those with high-speed access is growing larger by the day.

That's according to The Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council, a coalition of more than 160 Internet network companies, which met on Capitol Hill on May 22 to discuss bandwidth issues and the ways to address them.

With more content and service providers demanding more bandwidth every day to deliver movies, TV shows and other media, the pipelines are getting clogged, FTTH members agreed.

“We all recognize the torrid growth of bandwidth-intensive video and applications on the Internet,” said Erik Klinker, chief technical officer of BitTorrent, the No. 1 peer-to-peer service provider in the world. “… It is crucial we work with the networking community to understand which practices that will preserve a superior end-user experience.”

Klinker suggested that more streaming options, instead of direct downloads, would help free up bandwidth.

“There is a continuing need to monitor and manage the networks to ensure available bandwidth for all subscribers,” said John Andrews, president of telecommunications provider US Sonet. “Network management is crucial and necessary for the success of new broadband applications and services.”

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