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Monday, March 29, 2004


Bill Gates on U.S. broadband competition

Cnet has an article on Microsoft founder Bill Gates' recent remarks to a group of executives:
"Gates also talked about delivering the Internet and data into the home. In the United States, cable broadband is dominant, he said, unlike overseas, where DSL (digital subscriber line) connections are the primary way to access the Internet. To remain competitive, cable companies will have to ensure their bandwidth increases and their packages are attractive, according to Gates. For their part, phone companies that provide DSL will need to get more aggressive and appeal to consumers with video stream services."

"'The two dark horses with a path into the home are powerline technology and... wireless technology for last mile, like 802.16 or WiMax,' Gates said. He added that wireless technology, as opposed to Wi-Fi, is typically a much broader range technology and will likely to make more of a mark after the next three years."


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