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Traffic jam on the information superhighway?

Are we facing a traffic jam on the information superhighway? 

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin say it’s possible as more users stream video on their smartphones, laptops and tablets. 

Video makes up a huge fraction of Internet traffic, and it is eating up all the bandwidth, says Robert Heath, engineering professor and director of the Wireless Networking & Communications Group. But what if engineers could devise a more efficient way to stream video? 

Using algorithms to determine how users perceive video distortions — and getting feedback from actual viewers — the group’s faculty members and students are finding ways to use less bandwidth without compromising video quality. 

The work the Wireless Network & Communications Group does now will keep Internet traffic running smoothly so users don’t have to worry about gridlock.

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