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The Lowdown on High-Speed Modems

CHEAPER AND EASIER
While not as speedy as ISDN, new 56K modems are a lot less expensive and easier to install. These modems let consumers transmit data over ordinary phone lines at roughly twice the speed of their predecessors.

RIVAL STANDARDS
Products adhere to two incompatible formats: U.S. Robotics' x2 standard and Lucent-Rockwell's K56flex. So your zippy modem may not be in sync with your Internet service provider. Ask your ISP before buying.

DATA: BUSINESS WEEK


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Updated June 15, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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