posted on May, 15 2005 @ 08:19 PM
I don't know what you're talking about, but there something called internet2, with a website at internet2.edu . Basically, it is a consortium of
universities, who are all connected to each other via high speed internet connections. These high-speed connections are only used to route internet
connections between these various univeristies. Researchers have used these highspeed connecctions for various purposes. However, I think the biggest
use of this network is probably college students running P2P applications.
Before you start thinking they are going to limit the bandwidth that normal people have to the internet, I'm not so sure. I have seen recent articles
about how there is still a glut of unused bandwidth. Although, South Korea has much bandwidth available to its citizens than in the US. If anyone is
limiting access to the internet, it would be carried out by the telephone and cable companies.
At the moment, the US has enacted policies, which are allowing very few companies to monopolize the endpoint tellecommunications infrastructure. If
more bandwidth were allowed, it would probably be easy for all Americans to have streaming video over their internet connection. If this were easily
feasible, it this became widely available this could potentially dent into the brodcast market.
However, bandwidth is expensive, and it would be hard to startup something like this. Although, if everyone had enough bandwidth, I suppose something
like this would be possible in pseudo-anonymous P2P manner. They could show pirated copies of popular TV shows, along with their news brodcasts.