The Internet: Whats the Fuss?
One limitation is the old phone line system. This system of sending data was never made to handle so much traffic nor was it made to send video, data, or pictures across it. However, much work is being done that has steadily increased the speed at which Internet can transfer data.
When modems were first introduced they could transfer
data at speeds of only 300 bps (bits per second). Then came
1200 bps. After that 2400 and 9600 bps were the norm.
In the past few years, speeds of 14,400 and 28,800 bps have
taken over. Just recently new advancements have made it possible for phone
lines and modems to handle 56,000 bps. With a better modems and
fiber optics being installed, speeds should continue to get even faster
in the furture.
Some of the dedicated ISDN and other telecommunication lines can carry data at even faster rates then the above mentioned speeds. However, these lines are normally reserved for large companies due to the steep cost.