Still looking for an excuse to buy an 800-MHz PC? Here's one: You may soon be able to use it to run a Digital Subscriber Line without a modem.
Stories by Eric Brown
Once upon a time, everyone thought that digital subscriber lines would carry digital interactive TV. Not much came of that, but today DSL is the fastest-rising star in broadband Internet access.
You're surfing the Web with your broadband connection, but you just can't find a video clip encoded at more than 300 kilobits per second. That's no accident: It's about all the typical broadband user can reliably handle.
More and more 200- and 300-kilobits-per-second media clips are making their way onto the Web. Some are slipping quietly onto mainstream consumer streaming pages, while some are showcased in brave new sites aimed exclusively at cable modem and digital subscriber line users.
Ready to take a broadband tour of the Web? Finding quality content designed for your high-speed connection isn't easy, but I can point you in the right direction.
Only a year ago, we had a hard time finding online content designed especially for the lucky few of us with cable-modem and DSL connections. Even the broadband Internet service providers didn't have much to boast about; only Excite@Home's limited showcase approached being a broadband portal.
If you want to impress your friends with your new broadband Internet connection, a tour of the usual sites may not do the trick.
Your shopping list: milk, butter, coffee beans, and broadband. Don't laugh. Already, you can pick up a Digital Subscriber Line bundle with a modem and service at some retail outlets. Upcoming deals promise to save time and reduce aggravation by letting you install DSL yourself. And do-it-yourself cable modems are also in the works. But temper your excitement: The reality we experienced was far from trouble-free.
Emerging High-Definition Television digital broadcasting technology is providing a basis for an interesting partnership between rivals for your leisure time: TV broadcasters and Web sites.
America Online (AOL) hasn't abandoned plans for DSL (digital subscriber line) service despite the cable connection it expects to gain by merging with media giant Time Warner. AOL is joining with PC vendor Gateway to sell AOL Plus, a high-speed 'Net access service.
No sooner had the surprising news of America Online Inc.'s $190 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc. hit the street than pundits started speculating of a rash of Internet companies buying media firms. Don't count on it.
Digital Subscriber Line and cable Internet access are here to stay, but don't expect to be able to choose your Internet provider. We explain just who owns what in the new world order.
DSL and cable modems promise instant access to the Internet. But service hassles are giving users bad vibes. Here's how to avoid the sour notes.
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