A new discovery revealed today brings the exciting prospect of a double-speed Internet even for those people using dial-up modems.
A European organisation named the Cable Realignment Action Programme is calling for all telecommunication companies and ISPs to adopt their plan at the earliest opportunity. A press release for the group stated:
Our solution is revolutionary, but simple, cheaper, and environmentally superior to existing network infrastructures. The worldwide roll-out starts today.
Internet data cables are normally laid according to topographical limitations and this can result in wiring spaghetti. The organisation proposes that cables are straightened between Internet nodes:
- Straighter cables means electrical signals travel a shorter distance in a quicker time.
- The majority of signals contain binary data. Although zeros rarely have problems, the sharper edges of the ‘1’s can get caught in cable kinks which results in unnecessary packet loss.
The organisation estimates that Internet speeds will double for most users, but it could be more for those with especially kinky cables. They advise everyone to take advantage of the system immediately and straighten the network or modem wires under their desk.
However, not everyone is pleased about the plan. A spokesman for a leading Ethernet cabling manufacturer claimed:
This is a totally ridiculous idea. Shorter cables simply means less money for us.
Have you straightened your cables? Have your download speeds significantly improved?
Craig is a freelance UK web consultant who built his first page for IE2.0 in 1995. Since that time he's been advocating standards, accessibility, and best-practice HTML5 techniques. He's created enterprise specifications, websites and online applications for companies and organisations including the UK Parliament, the European Parliament, the Department of Energy & Climate Change, Microsoft, and more. He's written more than 1,000 articles for SitePoint and you can find him @craigbuckler.