Everyone has fuzzy feelings about "Field of Dreams." Kevin Costner in a bucolic Iowa cornfield hears a voice, builds a ballpark, and "he," Shoeless Joe Jackson, comes.
In my epic struggle towards a Ph.D. in mass communications, one of the more intriguing subjects I've had the opportunity to study has been the history of technology.
A whole decade ago, in a galaxy that now seems light years away, I was a neophyte tech reporter covering a TCI press conference.
They claim it's the largest private infrastructure investment in history: $65 billion. That's the amount the cable industry says it spent on plant upgrades between 1996 and 2002.
It's time to fess up--this tech is nowhere near ready for primetime consumer solutions. Its business applications are limited and its long-term ability to provide mobility is questionable.
"Every corner" of the United States will be high-speed wired. And that's supposed to happen by 2007, just two years away.
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