Internet will quadruple in size over next four years

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The Internet will quadruple in size over the next four years, according to a new report out from CISCO today via Politico Influence. The tech company will unveil the details of its annual broadband traffic report at an event this morning at the National Press Club featuring former FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy and other tech experts. There is a trove of data in the new report, and here are some highlights: By 2016, there are expected to be 3.4 billion Internet users (roughly 45 percent of the world’s population); nearly 18.9 billion network connections (almost 2.5 connections for each person on earth); and a leap in the average speed of fixed mobile broadband to 9 megabits per second, four times faster than today’s average.

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