Slow Internet Connection Plagues Beijing Olympics

If you’re currently reading this in Beijing, you might want to walk away from the computer for a bit, maybe go out, get some lunch (our advice: stay away from the “steamed pullet”) and by the time you come back, the rest of the page will (hopefully) be completely downloaded. You see, Beijing is having themselves some problems with teh Internetz.

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And it’s not just a simple fix of Beijing popping up a few more modems & running a few more cables to account for the massive influx of people, because many of these people want to access COMPLETELY FORBIDDEN AND RESTRICTED WEBSITES(!) - which, according to China, is pretty much everything on the Internet. Even LOLcats.

NEWS.COM.AU has the full story:

Slow connection speed and apparent restricted access to news websites have riled many of the media outlets already in Beijing 12 days out from the opening ceremony.

The Chinese ruling party is widely known to monitor and limit all internet access within China.

Connections drop out frequently and several organisations, including the Australian Olympic Committee, say the speed is up to 10 times slower than in Australia.

One picture takes at least two minutes to send.

There are concerns that once the 22,000 media expected at the Games arrive, connections will become even slower.

An error like this was bound to happen after weeks of everything else going completely perfect during this run-up to the Games. You keep your chin up, Beijing Olympics. Things are going to get better.