Stories by Elinor Abreu and Jason Krause

Content Bridge over troubled waters

Since its founding in 1999, Akamai Technologies Inc. has turned the Internet's biggest problem - its sluggishness - into the basis for a lucrative business model. By setting up the premier content-delivery network to speed Web pages to computers worldwide, the company has created the next best thing to universal broadband connections - and generated $90 million in annual revenues in the process.