December 6, 2012

You Don't Really Need a Gigabit Internet Connection

The Economist, The Economist


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Home web access has come a long way over the past twenty years. When Babbage started a web hosting and development firm in 1994, he and his partner leased a T-1 line, which delivered 1.5 Mbps in each direction for the princely sum of $1,800 per month (about $2,700 in today's dollars). At the time, 33.6 Kbps modems were state of the art for home dial-up, and only a handful of firms had anything faster than a 128 Kbps ISDN line. Splitting 1.5 Mbps among hundreds of dial-up users generally worked, although popularity could bring trouble, as when one site became a Cool Site of the Day and died the death of 100,000 hits, as our servers and digital line crumpled under the load.

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