The Internet launch of the Starr report today was expected to be the biggest event in the World Wide Web's history, with tens of millions around the world logging on to view the 450-page document. The sudden surge in use is likely to cause a rupture or slowdown in access to the Internet, although experts say Hong Kong's 575,000 Internet users are unlikely to experience much of a delay. Interest was expected to be so high among the 55 million Internet users in the United States that bottlenecks would occur at the Congressional computers where the documents were stored, experts said. Internet users in Asia trying to download the document from the US are likely to experience a slow connection or busy signal, but others will be relatively unaffected. In the short history of the World Wide Web, the biggest previous number of hits have come from sporting events such as the World Cup and the Olympic Games, and a live simulcast of a Rolling Stones concert. 'With the Olympics in Atlanta, you just couldn't get through, and that was powered by IBM,' said Alan Wood, vice-president of American Internet service provider Apex Global Internet Services. If lots of Internet users in Asia try to download the document from the US, there is a chance that trans-Pacific data links could become clogged. Local Internet firms were early today preparing for the release - expected between 2am and 4am Hong Kong time - when they would download the report and store it on their own Web sites for faster access. One Internet service provider, Asia Online, was yesterday trying to set itself up as a 'mirror site' so that Internet users from Asia would be diverted to its site rather than those in the US. China Internet Corporation planned to create a special area on its Web site so that users could view the document and then chat or post their reactions to it. It would run the document unedited. 'Because of all the talk, people will expect it to be explicit,' company spokesman Jessie Hsieh said. Experts said that the sordid details reportedly contained in the Starr report may trigger censoring mechanisms in software intended to protect children from offensive language and images.