US government fears the Apple iPad

US government fears the Apple iPad
We were ecstatic when Apple introduced its latest creation, the iPad, to the world a week ago. And that’s pretty natural, having in mind that high-resolution 9.7-inch screen, ultra-fast performance and the seamless web browsing experience it will deliver. It turns out though that not everyone is eagerly anticipating the new device. At least Phil Bellaria isn’t. He is director of scenario planning for the Obama administration’s Omnibus Broadband Initiative and in an official blog, Mr. Bellaria has expressed his concerns about the possible congestion on the communication networks the Apple iPad and other similar devices may bring. Here’s what he writes:

“With the iPad pointing to even greater demand for mobile broadband on the horizon we must ensure that network congestion doesn’t choke off a service that consumers clearly find so appealing…”

Mr. Bellaria refers to the network issues that occurred when AOL introduced unlimited internet access in the US in 1996, describing how users could not connect for months and how the few successful connections were too fragile, because of the numerous users attempting to connect.

And what do you think about that? Is the Apple iPad capable of bringing the network down?

source: Broadband.gov blog via Electricpig

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14 Comments

1. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

The Gov't, and this administration in particular, are afraid of anything they can't control. Just look at all the new regulations that have been put in place, all over the economic landscape, and you'll see proof. They have a hand in the banking system now, they have a hand in GM now, they are attempting to have a hand in health care, etc. The way things have been going, this doesn't surprise me the least bit. In fact, the only area where Obama's administration ISN'T getting itself dirty, is in terrorism, and providing support for our troops overseas...how ironic is that?!

6. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Spot on.

9. Big Red

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

The iPhone brought AT&T down, so clearly its a possibility...

2. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

thats a lame comment..that would mean if a company made something 75% or more of the population wanted then it would suck all the bandwidth from its provider?..dunno what to say..cause n effect!?

3. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

We have war, rising crime rates, people loosing jobs etc and this is something the government is concerned about?! Are you serious?! Let the carriers worry about it, it's their job to maintain the networks anyway. First they tell people how to use their phones when traveling now they want to control how much data is used. What next, they'll tell us what device we can buy? Big brother is getting too big, I think little brother needs to back big brother in the corner and say, NO MORE! I just wish our national leaders would try to fix things that really count instead of cell phones and homosexuality, frikin' thin skinned tards.

4. Phullofphil

Posts: 1823; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Just like our electricity grid this should have been anticipated to the point of not being a problem. To much money is wasted in this government. I would guess this announcment is a precourser to lobbiest and such to ask for more money from us. But of course nothing will happen till there is an emergency or a intentional emergency to make any thing about this issue be solved.

5. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

AOL is still around and would the internet be where it is today if unlimited internet hadn't been introduced?

7. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Well, guess who's network crashes on this one? The company that can't support it in the first place.

8. 3watts

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

He must be watching too much TV and the at&t ads are getting to him. Either that or he just saw how many fans there are on Operation ChokeHold's facebook page. The last thing at&t needs is more data use on their already overstressed network. When people (at&t customers) suddenly can't get through to 911 there will be lawsuits like no one has seen before. Not only is the carrier liable but the fcc as well.

10. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

So is this one of the reason why we are in a crisis right now NO!!!! so who cares our gov't is ridiculous anyways all these people in office and yet not one of them have solved anything yet, and when they do, it only gonna be solved momentarily so stop worrying about this network issues and worry about how they are do what they are suppose to do

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