Chapter 1. Broadband: Anything, Anywhere, Anytime

THERE IS SOMETHING BIG happening out there. It’s about connectivity and data and communicating, and it is changing the lives of average citizens just as surely as the automobile, the telephone, and electricity changed the lives of preceding generations.

Today, it’s possible for a surgeon to check on a patient’s cholesterol and enzyme levels not by taking a blood sample in the office, but by reading a data file transmitted from the home. Video gaming enthusiasts can battle in real-time against opponents who live hundreds, even thousands, of miles away. A busy professional, alerted to the arrival of a utility bill by an audible chime from her kitchen computer, can review the invoice, pay it, and record ...

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