Can the internet withstand the coronavirus pandemic?
With more people staying and working at home in an attempt to slow the virus' spread, concern is growing about whether the net has the bandwidth to withstand increased usage.
European Union commissioner Thierry Breton has raised the issue with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and suggested via Twitter that people at home not stream video in high definition if they can.
"Teleworking & streaming help a lot but infrastructures might be in strain," Breton tweeted Wednesday. "To secure Internet access for all, let's #SwitchToStandard definition when HD is not necessary."
Breton, a France-hailing commissioner in charge of the EU's single market, will talk again with Hastings on Thursday, a spokesperson for the streaming provider told CNN, which first reported the exchange.
“Commissioner Breton is right to highlight the importance of ensuring that the Internet continues to run smoothly during this critical time," Netflix said in a statement to USA TODAY. "We’ve been focused on network efficiency for many years, including providing our open connect service for free to telecommunications companies."
Source: Mike Snider, USA Today
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