For cable operators, home networking is an opportunity to increase the use of broadband data and video services. Historically, cable companies were in the business of offering traditional TV services to their customer base. These companies are moving into the telecommunications sector to offer a variety of services, including high-speed Internet access, free e-mail accounts, hosting of e-commerce sites, and delivering advanced IP-based applications. If you want your home network to interface with these services, you need to buy or rent a home gateway device called a cable modem. The number of North American cable modem subscribers surged to 1.8 million in 1999 and is expected to double by the end of 2000, according to Cahners In-Stat ...

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