Broadband penetration is nearing 50 percent of North American households and will top 90 percent in about 10 years, Technology Futures Inc. (Austin, Texas) reports. Carriers and service providers are plotting ways to increase revenue as voice margins dwindle. The broadband audience in U.S. homes will rise from 55 million in 2004 to about 108 million in 2009, JupiterResearch predicts. These bell-shaped curves showing successive broadband generations with nominally higher data rates begin an important transition next year with the arrival of 24-Mbit/s broadband and its requirement for fiber optics to, or near to, the home, says Technology Futures.
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