New fiber speeds: 3.28 INDps


— 1:52 AM on March 22, 2000

That's Internet Days per second, of course. If you're confused, take a look at this Wired.com article. A terabit is roughly equal to all the traffic on the Internet for an entire day; Bell Labs researchers used a 180 mile long fiber cable to reach a speed of 3.28 terabits per second. That is.... (searching hopelessly for an adequate adjective) ... fast.

This article is interesting because it talks about how the 3.28 terabits is probably just the tip of the iceberg. Indeed, the current thought is that today's fiber cable could probably handle several thousand terabits of data per second. So here's a question for the Internet philosophers out there: Is it still a porn pipe if you can download all the porn there is in under a second?

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