Think "Italy," and you'll probably envision sun, pasta, amore, corruption--but not broadband. Think again. Led by Silvio Scaglia, 44, Italy is among the world leaders in a technology called "fiber to the home," which transmits 20 to 200 times as fast as the DSL and cable-broadband services common around the globe. That fiber is fast enough to deliver movies without any hiccups, and to send songs in seconds rather than minutes. Scaglia and his company, e.Biscom, are funneling feature films and sitcoms--plus conventional Web and phone services--to PCs and TVs in six major Italian cities. Born during the late-'90s Internet boom,...

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