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Fast modems, set-tops lead connection frenzy

Dell makes a fast modem push while set-top box makers tout new devices.

Dell makes a fast modem push while set-top box makers tout new devices. Getting customers connected to the Net through modems or set-tops is becoming increasingly important in the high-tech arena.

Dell revs fast PC modem strategy
The computer maker says its consumer PCs will come equipped with high-speed modems from 3Com.

Can set-tops live up to the hype?
TV set-top boxes are being touted as providers of computer-like services, but the technology finally must demonstrate its use to consumers.

WebTV coming to high-speed cable
Microsoft has inked a deal with Scientific-Atlanta that will make the WebTV service available over the cable TV infrastructure for the first time.

Leading the cable charge
Cable operators, hungry for new revenue streams, will need to roll out their products quickly while keeping prices down.

Microsoft places its bets on cable
The software giant unleashes a multipronged strategy that will allow cable operators and broadband service providers to install various forms of Windows across set-top boxes and back-end systems.