We have scaremongers warning against peak oil, peak coal, and even peak water – but this is a new one:
Internet users face regular “brownouts” that will freeze their computers as capacity runs out in cyberspace, according to research to be published later this year.
All that demand, and nobody willing to profit from it? However, the article does make an interesting point:
Yet sites such as YouTube, the video-sharing service launched in 2005, which has exploded in popularity, can throw the most ambitious plans into disarray.
The amount of traffic generated each month by YouTube is now equivalent to the amount of traffic generated across the entire internet in all of 2000.
That’s not actually a problem – if particular sites/protocols/platforms/content use a disproportionate number of resources, the market will find a way to cost them in… net neutrality laws notwithstanding. As usual, the greatest threat is from misguided legislation.