Chapter 2. The Internet

  1. Lars Tvede1,
  2. Peter Pircher2 and
  3. Jens Bodenkamp3

Published Online: 5 OCT 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0470841893.ch2

Data Broadcasting: Merging Digital Broadcasting with the Internet, Revised Edition

Data Broadcasting: Merging Digital Broadcasting with the Internet, Revised Edition

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Author Information

  1. 1

    The Fantastic Corporation, Zug, Switzerland

  2. 2

    The Fantastic Corporation, San Francisco, USA

  3. 3

    ETF Group Deutschland GmbH, München, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 OCT 2001
  2. Published Print: 15 JUL 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471485605

Online ISBN: 9780470841891

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Keywords:

  • history of the Internet;
  • increasing returns;
  • network effects;
  • ubiquity;
  • bandwidth;
  • memory;
  • Amdahl's constant;
  • Amdahl's law;
  • convergence;
  • diversity

Summary

The chapter explains the evolution of the Internet and positions the Internet against broadcasting:

  • The history of the Internet

  • Benefiting from the network effect

  • Companies enjoying increasing returns

  • The future of the Internet: embedding, convergence, ubiquity, diversity

  • Amdahl's constant defining the relationships between bandwidth and memory

  • How both traditional broadcasting and the Internet are unbalanced media because of none-compliance with Amdahl's constant

  • Creating a better solution by combining broadcasting with the Internet