>All optical is the way to go, unfortunately no ones willing to
>build it. (too expensive).
Hi Brian. There's no doubt that all-optical is expensive, but I have no doubt that we are heading in that direction. I would not say that "no one's willing to build it", since I see it being built out rapidly, although it will probably be years before fiber makes it all the way to the home. Qwest, for example, having completed its 18,500 mile optical network, is now building "inward" closer to homes and businesses. In meantime, in 2000 we're going to see a massive increase in usage of cable modems, various flavors of DSL, and the beginnings of broadband wireless, all of which will alleviate the last-mile problem, at least a bit -- until people demand more movies over the Net (then interactive VR...).
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