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“Providing access to the Internet through electric power lines”

Webmaster's Note: The following text is taken from a research project for a telecommunications course at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University by Scott Baugh and Maciej Matyjas, and is used with permission.


Connecting to the Internet is a fact of life for business, government, and most households. The lure of e-commerce, video on demand, and e-mail has brought 60 million people to the Internet. Once they get to the Internet, they find out what it’s really like. That includes long waits for popular sites, substantial waits for secure sites, and horrible video quality over the web. Nonetheless, Internet users persevere.

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