AfriGeneas Genealogy Technology Forum
By MARILYN GEEWAX
WASHINGTON — Back in the old days — say, three years ago — most Americans online were satisfied to dial up an Internet service provider to check their e-mail or look up recipes.
But today, the great majority have high-speed access and want to do much more, such as exchange video clips, play interactive games, make phone calls, teleconference and even download movies.
Consumers are rapidly adopting high-speed Internet service.
Broadband providers say these new demands are taxing the Internet's aging infrastructure. To keep pace, companies must spend billions to upgrade networks and run fiber-optic cable into homes.
But who will pay for this makeover? Broadband subscribers? Phone and cable company shareholders? The Internet-based companies that offer customers advanced Web sites and services?
That question is the most contentious aspect of a telecommunications reform bill facing Congress as it returns this week from its Fourth of July recess.