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AT&T Says Internet to Hit Full Capacity By 2010

Where, you ask, is the end of the Internet?

Well, in the time-space continuum that is virtual existence, the real question is when. And according to AT&T, without investment, the Internet's current network architecture will "reach the limits of its capacity by 2010."

The comments were made at a Westminster eForum on Web 2.0 this past week in London, where AT&T's vice president of legislative affairs Jim Cicconi warned that the systems currently in place will not be able to handle the increasing amounts of content (read: homemade movies of your cat break-dancing).

He said that at least $55 billion worth of investment was needed in new infrastructure in the next three years in the U.S. alone -- and that it would require $130 billion to improve the Internet worldwide.

Most outlandish quote:

"The surge in online content is at the center of the most dramatic changes affecting the Internet today," he said. "In three years' time, 20 typical households will generate more traffic than the entire Internet today."

Psshhhyeah right. [Source]

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