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Entire power supply could be consumed by Internet by 2035

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We are consuming more and more on the Internet - but we could eventually run out of power
We are consuming more and more on the Internet - but we could eventually run out of power

The internet demand is expanding at such a rate that it could consume a nation's entire power supply by 2035, an expert has warned.

Andrew Ellis, professor of optical communications at Aston University, said the success of video-streaming websites such as YouTube and Netflix along with new innovations meant optical fibres could reach their limit within eight years.

Prof Ellis said rationing internet use or charging more so that more cables can be installed may need to be considered, as experts prepare to meet at London's Royal Society later this month to discuss what can be done to avert a web crisis in Britain.