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Jun 18, 2014 7:34 AM by Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahKRIS

More Users Getting Stuck In Internet Traffic Jams

CORPUS CHRISTI - There's a new kind of traffic jam. And it has nothing to do with being stuck in your car on the highway, either. It's an Internet traffic jam, and it's quickly becoming a national problem.

More and more people are having difficulty with their Internet speed, especially when it comes to live-streaming videos. So much so that the FCC is actually investigating the issue, trying to figure out what's causing the problem.

"When you've got 3 kids, a wife and a husband," said Altex tech expert Mikel Silby. "They're all on the Internet at the same time, and the kids back in his room trying to play games, well, there's your traffic jam."

Experts said it's not just access to streaming video, but the quality of that video that's eating up the Internet. New studies said that everyone is watching more data-intensive, high-definition videos online.

However, like with all traffic, experts said you can avoid the rush hour.

"When kids get out of school, the Internet's going to run slow," said Silby. "Because, when the kids get home they're jumping on-line, they're doing all their streaming, of course everybody experiences that."

Experts said if you do a lot of live-streaming, you should consider upgrading your internet speed to avoid getting caught in a jam.


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