End of the Net, Longlive the Net

ElectricNews: After telling IIA Congress participants that the internet is dying, Graham Whitehead predicted a bright future for broadband and networked technology. Now that might seem like any oxymoron, but there is some element of truth to what he says.

He said that the anarchic and hazardous nature of the public internet meant that companies were now constructing supervised private IP networks. These private networks would be able to handle the amount of traffic that would be generated when broadband was ubiquitous, phone networks were IP-based, and common household objects had their own IP addresses. “The internet is dead, or dying; it’s full of viruses, worms and porn, you have to wear a kevlar suit before you go online” he said. “BT is creating a private network, which will be joined to other private networks, to which we will add voice over IP.”

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