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Cerf: Streaming network crunch could be eliminated

By Joab Jackson

PCWorld.com

June 22, 2011

 

While Internet carriers may fret about Netflix, Hulu and other streaming media services saturating their bandwidth, Internet forefather Vint Cerf has a simple answer for this potential problem: Increase bandwidth exponentially.

With sufficient bandwidth, streaming video services of prerecorded content wouldn’t be necessary, explained Cerf, who is now a technology evangelist at Google. With sufficient throughput, the entire file of a movie or television show could be downloaded in a fraction of the time that it would take to stream the content.

Cerf, speaking at Juniper Network’s Nextwork conference, held Wednesday in New York, spoke about the company’s decision to outfit Kansas City with fiber-optic connections that the company¬†claims will be 100 times faster than broadband services commercially available.

 

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