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Short Take: ISPs headed for trouble

A "large majority" of the 4,500 Internet service providers in the U.S. will be forced out of business in the next five years because of competition and user demands for costly upgraded services, according to a presentation to be made next Tuesday by Gartner Group. To compete, some companies are developing gigaPOP technology, described as "low-speed Internet protocol that will offer gigabyte-speed multimedia transmissions."

A "large majority" of the 4,500 Internet service providers in the U.S. will be forced out of business in the next five years because of competition and user demands for costly upgraded services, according to a presentation to be made next Tuesday by Gartner Group. To compete, some companies are developing gigaPOP technology, described as "low-speed Internet protocol that will offer gigabyte-speed multimedia transmissions."