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networking A classification of low priority network traffic,
used especially the Internet.
Different kinds of traffic have different priorities.
Videoconferencing and other types of real-time
communication, for example, require a certain minimum
guaranteed bandwidth and latency and so must be given a
high priority. Electronic mail, on the other hand, can
tolerate an arbitrarily long delay and is classified as a
"best-effort" service.