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DSL fever contagious on Wall Street

Rhythms NetConnections soars in its first day of trading, reflecting continued investor interest in everything broadband.

The buzz about digital subscriber lines, or DSL, has reached a fevered pitch. Rhythms NetConnections soared in its first day of trading following a successful IPO that priced above its expected range, reflecting continued investor interest in everything broadband. NorthPoint Communications, another upstart data carrier, will get access to Frontier's high-speed pipes in a new investment deal.

Rhythms triples on first day of trading
The upstart provider of high-speed Net access more than triples in its first day of trading following an IPO that priced above its expected per share range.

Rhythms prices IPO above expected range
The nationwide high-speed Net access provider prices its initial public offering above the expected range, a sign of strong demand once shares begin trading tomorrow.

NorthPoint grabs Frontier investment
The high-speed Internet access provider will announce an investment from Frontier, a national telecom carrier, tomorrow. The deal will give NorthPoint access to Frontier's fiber optic network.

New bill could level DSL playing field
update A proposed bill in California aims to level the competitive playing field for upstart data firms looking for an edge in the lucrative high-speed DSL market.