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The September 9, 2002 Issue Provided by System Dynamics Inc.
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News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home

HomePlug Powerline Networking - Getting ready for prime time

Last month we wrote about home powerline networking products coming to market. We follow up with a report on our extensive in-home tests of HomePlug equipment. Although we encountered some first generation glitches, we conclude that HomePlug works well and could play an important role in consumer networking.

Why The Move Toward Tiered Offers?

While US DSL providers have typically offered multiple service tiers, most cable operators have offered only a single "one size fits all" cable modem service. Now the MSOs are starting to introduce tiers. We examine what they're doing and why they're doing it now.

Napster's Dead--But P2P Progeny Live On

P2P -- peer-to-peer networking -- has arisen in place of Napster, and will prove harder to stop. It has a disproportionate impact on broadband service providers, since P2P clients target broadband content sources. Our article describes the situation, the players, and what happens next.

Compelling Broadband Applications -- Your Inputs

Last month, we shared an example of a broadband application we find compelling and solicited inputs on YOUR favorites. Here are a couple of the responses we got.

Website Changes -- Broadband Home Labs and more

We've started making major changes to the Broadband Home Central web site. We've just activated Broadband Home Labs with details of our HomePlug testing, and there's more coming soon.