World Cup Swamps the Internet

News sites see record demand
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2010 2:13 PM CDT
Christian Poulsen of Juventus, and Jon Dahl Tomasson of Feyenoord, check their performances on a computer, during a training session for the Danish World Cup squad, May 26, 2010.   (AP Photo/Polfoto, Jens Dige)

(Newser) – World Cup fever is gripping the globe, and the internet can barely handle it. Today saw the greatest demand ever for news sites, according to Akamai’s bandwidth monitoring. Akamai, the world’s largest computer network operator, has received 11 million visitor requests every minute today, a 233% jump above normal levels, Beet.TV reports. That doesn’t count every site, but it does include heavy hitters like the BBC, CNN, and NBC.

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