I keep running into reports that within a year or so, the current system will be unable to sustain the rate of growth of bandwidth demand. Projections range from "the internet will become little more than a toy" (a paraphrase), to predictions of brownouts or other limitations. It seems that the investment in new technology required to prevent this is so expensive that it is unlikely to happen any time soon. Having been around for awhile, I'm very skeptical about doomsday reports like this by now. It's hard for me to imagine that the industry would allow the system to deteriorate to any extent. Also, most of the blogs and reports you get from googling, seem to all derive from one report from IBM last year. It just is all too reminiscent of the Y2K scare. I spent two years trying to reassure my customers about that one (at least for my products) and it wasn't easy. Any professional insights on this? There should be a good consensus on this by now, but all I see is controversy.