No Waiting on the Web

New services through TV cables, phone lines and satellites promise speedier Internet use at home

Aside from the opposite sex, there may be nothing that mixes exhilaration and frustration quite like the Internet. Sure, we can drink from the world's biggest cup of knowledge, but for most of us, slow computer modems make it feel like we're sipping a chocolate shake through a cocktail straw.

But our straws are about to get fatter. A new wave of modems connected to cable TV and digital phone lines promises to replace today's click-and-crawl Internet with point-and-zoom services that instantly paint Web pages on your PC and rapidly download video clips and sound bites. Some cable companies already promise...

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