Interesting pattern recently, with the NYT using Bits blog posts to elaborate on tech article context-setting. The chart below is also a timely reality check.
The New York Times ran a story today that looked at the rapid rise in Internet traffic, led by the increasing popularity of YouTube-style video and other bit-hungry services.
Global Consumer Internet Traffic (The New York Times) Go to Full Data
The article is an “explainer,” as we say. Projections of growth trends vary, as do views of the implications. But the takeaway: “The Internet traffic surge represents more a looming challenge than an impending catastrophe.” In the Internet economy, high-speed networks are the testbeds of innovation, so investment is required — mainly at the national and local level — to keep them healthy and fast.