Think "Italy" and you'll probably envision sun, pasta, amore, corruption — and not broadband. Think again. Led by 44-year-old Silvio Scaglia, Italy — yes, Italy — just about leads the world in a technology called fiber to the home, which typically transmits 20 to 200 times faster than the DSL and cable-broadband services common around the globe. That's fast enough to deliver movies without any hiccups, and to send songs in seconds compared to the minutes it can take through other standards. CEO Scaglia and his company, Milan-based e.Biscom, are funneling feature films and television shows — in addition to conventional...

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