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With more, and more people switching over to BroadBand, Boards like this will be more critical in terms of interaction with each other.


(It's one of the benefits of people migrating towards BroadBand. This Thread is more so directed to the people who maintain the web site, and the boards,BUT it's also interesting towards the main viewers of these boards. In a way it's coming Full Circle towards how the net was before aol came into the picture.)


Well !!! here is the Article








Broadband Pushes Europe Web Users to 100 Million

Thu Dec 2, 2004 09:51 AM ET


AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - More than half of Europe's Internet surfers now have a high-speed broadband connection at home, which has helped to push the number of Web users in Europe through the 100 million mark, a survey found on Thursday.

By October of this year 54.5 million Europeans surfed the Web over a broadband connection, a 60 percent increase from 34.1 million 12 months earlier, market research group Nielsen/NetRatings said in a report.


The largest increases were in Italy at 120 percent and in Britain, where the base of broadband surfers nearly doubled. Consumers benefited from lower prices and more offerings for fast and always-on Internet subscriptions.


While millions of consumers decided to swap their slow dial-up Internet subscriptions for a faster digital subscriber line (DSL) or cable TV broadband connection, millions more ventured on the Internet for the first time. The total number of Internet users in Europe increased by 12 percent to 100 million in the year to October 2004, led by audiences in France, Italy, Britain and Germany, Nielsen said.


The growth in faster connections means Web sites will need to offer more video and music to keep attracting consumers, the research group said.

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