BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : DECEMBER 4, 2000 ISSUE
TECHNOLOGY & YOU

The Barriers to Broadband


FORMAT         U.S.        INSTALLATION      MONTHLY BARRIER
           SUBSCRIBERS    (COST)    (FEE)

CABLE      3.5 million   $0-$400   $30-$50   Requires massive,
                                             expensive infrastruc-
                                             ture upgrade

DSL        1.3 million   $0-$400   $40-$70   Many homes can never be
                                             served because of distance
                                             from phone centers and
                                             other limits

TWO-WAY    0 (starts     $600      $70       New and untested;
SATELLITE  December)                         limited satellite
                                             capacity


DATA: NATIONAL CABLE TELEVISION ASSN., EXCITE@HOME, ROAD RUNNER, CAHNERS 
IN-STAT, STARBAND, BUSINESS WEEK



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