World Wide Wait


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World Wide Wait

What many people used to call the Web in the days of analog modems. However, if a website is overloaded today, it can still take a long time to retrieve a page. The World Wide Wait is caused by any combination of a slow modem, overloaded Web server or any clog in one of the routers or switches at a national, regional or local ISP. See ISP and Wild Wooly Web.
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Multimedia promises to transform the web, but not until the World Wide Wait is over.
Today, the Web is too often referred to as the "World Wide Wait." But fortunately, it's an issue to which the folks at AT&T Labs are devoting much of their time and energy.
Goodbye World Wide Wait. Using the business model for set-top boxes, cable system operators are buying millions of modems for rental to customers at a few dollars a month.
It is no wonder many believe that the WWW acronym stands for the "World Wide Wait" instead of the "World Wide Web".
"When you are accessing through a 28.8 modem it's called the World Wide Wait," laughed Kraft.

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