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The Web’s Primetime Broadband Traffic Jam (Chart)

You come home from work, you grab something to eat and you boot up the Internet. Just like everybody else.

Which leads to a traffic jam. Which you can see in this convenient chart from a new FCC broadband study (via Zach Seward, via GigaOM. Phew.).

Now, imagine what that chart looks like in a world where cord-cutting — or cord-shaving, or cord-nevering — really does take off, and lots and lots of people are simultaneously hitting Netflix and iTunes and Amazon servers at the same time.

Keep that 8 pm to 10 pm “busy hour” dip in mind as we head to a world where broadband providers start capping or metering Internet usage — or at least try to wring more profit from broadband by upselling customers to higher connection speeds. When it comes to congestion, when you use the Internet is usually more important than how much you use the Internet.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald