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  1. The network explosion.
  2. Upgrading the internet infrastructure.
  3. People are not getting the best internet experience.
  4. End user bandwidth.
  5. Increasing number of internet users.
  6. The future of the internet.
  7. The Clean Slate program.
  8. Conclusion.

The Internet has been hailed as one of the greatest technological advancements of human history. It brings people together, and gives people unprecedented access to information from every part of the world. In the past decade the Internet, and its number of uses and applications, have grown very rapidly. This is putting a large strain on the infrastructure behind the internet. The current infrastructure that supports the Internet will not be adequate to meet the future demands primarily due to the lack of end user bandwidth but also due to the lack of a sweeping drive to improve or redo the underlying infrastructure. In the seventies and eighties, there were many networks being created for academic purposes, such as the ARPANET which spawned what was known as the NSFNET, under the direction of the National Science Foundation, and many other special purpose networks large and small

[...] Arguably, the largest problem facing the Internet infrastructure today is the low amount of available end user bandwidth. End user bandwidth is the bandwidth delivered to an individual, whether they are accessing the Internet from home PC, a large company network, a mobile device, or any other access point. There is plenty of bandwidth at the of the Internet however this performance is generally not delivered to the end user. This low end user bandwidth can be attributed to many factors. [...]

[...] Eventually the NSFNET would be decommissioned due to its inferiority in comparison to competing networks, and the internet as it is known today, without regulation, and with little government funding, would start to dominate the computer network world. In terms of upgrading the internet infrastructure, an unregulated internet creates many problems. Without any central control to mandate a sweeping change there must be programs offering incentives for change. Creating such widespread incentives, in and of itself, creates a large problem. [...]

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