Blazing Modems

Having high-speed access to the Net at home is a special treat. Getting it to work can be tricky

I'm turning into a truly shallow and pathetic person. The proof? Ask me to name the most important moment in my life this past year, and I answer without hesitation: getting high-speed access to the Internet at home. It happened two weeks ago, and I'm still faint with excitement. I feel like getting bumper stickers printed up: ASK ME ABOUT MY CABLE MODEM! For months, years even, I've been stalking my local phone and cable monopolies, only to be told that broadband access to the Net wasn't yet available on my block. The phone company's offering, known as DSL, isn't even...

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