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HAS ISDN'S TIME COME AND GONE? from Edupage
HAS ISDN'S TIME COME AND GONE?
"ISDN was a sort of a `Field of Dreams' technology," says the chief
technologist for Citicorp. "The thought was, `Build it, and they will
come.'" But it's been slow going, and with cable modems and ADSL
(asynchronous digital subscriber lines) technology on the horizon, some are
predicting ISDN's time is already past. "If they were serious about
marketing ISDN, I would expect to see billboards and placards on buses,"
says a Forrester Research analyst. "They'd offer free installation,
discount coupons in hardware packages, and bundled Internet access service."
Instead, ISDN installation is expensive, and its speed still unimpressive
for activities such as Web browsing, where cable modems' and ADSL's much
greater downstream capacity is a big advantage. (Information Week 22 Apr 96
W. Curtiss Priest, Director, CITS
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