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Subject: Re: UKNM: ADSL
From: Stewart Dean
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 23:40:44 GMT

At 15:56 22/11/99 -0000, you wrote:
>What's the general opinion on ADSL?

I was on the trial before I moved.

ADSL changes the way you use the internet. It gets rid of the 'better not
do that - it'll take a long time' feeling. What you soon realise is that
when people do have higher bandwidth what they expect from the site
changes. Ironically Flash appears to thrive in high bandwitdth settings
whilst information pages soon like news.bbc.co.uk suddenly come second to
the linked mulitmedia - and then it's irritating that real video is such
poor quality compared to streaming quicktime.

The trailist where paying 30 pounds and have recently been testing out
Mondex as well (smart card system for paying for services).

I was lucky enought to take part in a focus group (or unfocused by the time
I finished off the wine) and it was generally considered that home users
would pay about 30 pounds for ADSL - but few would pay much more. I fear BT
may strangle ADSL with it's droping of bandwidth (512 instead of 2mb) and
uping the price. As it stands 2mb is just not quite enough to watch, say,
the star wars trailer in real time. Quarter screen MPEG 1 isnt that

I feel ADSL could be used to make up the gap between Cable based
interactive TV and Terrestial/Satalite interactive TV - but that's a
different story.

Stewart Dean - stewartatwebslave [dot] dircon [dot] co [dot] uk
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