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New High-Speed Connections Will Change How We Work and Play Online Society is becoming ever more dependent on being electronically connected with every other part of the world Worldwide communication and commerce are just two areas where people benefit from living in an information age Using the Internet business can be conducted from anywhere in the world and you can even talk to get to know other people anywhere in the world These online activities became possible only very recently Applications that utilize the Internet are being developed every day However because of the nature in which most of us are connected to the Internet there are limitations to what we can do online Nearly everyone connects to the Internet using an analog modem To get online we boot up our PCs and using our telephone line dial in to our Internet Service Provider Because telephone technology is much older than the Internet there have been limitations to how fast data can travel over existing copper telephone lines Using an analog modem data is translated from its digital form to an analog signal to travel over the telephone lines Once it gets to its destination the data is converted back into its digital form Line noise is a result of data being transmitted as an analog signal The FCC imposed limitations decades ago to minimize the amount of line noise that was allowed This law was imposed long before the PC ever existed However it directly affects how fast we can access the Internet today at speeds of only 53kbps Even that connection speed is theoretical Depending on the quality of the telephone lines that run into your home your connection speed may not even come close to 53kbps Despite having ever-faster computers we are limited to what we can do online by these relatively low connection rates To make online activities such as ecommerce virtual meetings and video conferencing truly practical
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