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Such a switch could save up to ten times the bandwidth of trunk lines,48 but with fibre so cheap and statistical multiplexing already in use, these economics are too modest to, by themselves, compel the premature retirement of circuit-switching hardware in favour of routers. The convergence of the Internet and broadcasting is beset by similar issues. Simply put, broadcasting is easy, channel capacity is multiplying everywhere, generating clever programming is difficult, and new devices are reducing the effort needed to time-delay programs.

Matter. Accessibility is becoming a major issue after the 'rediscovery' of regions and their potential. Lagging connections to the broadband backbone characterise remote regions in the EU, notably the "accession" countries in central and eastern Europe. In the long run, this may be a hurdle to genuine pan-European integration. , copper wires) are continually being discovered. As an earlier example, pundits once thought that 14,400 bits per second was the most bandwidth available from the twisted pair that goes to most homes but today's modems routinely pull 50,000 bits per second.

Content providers break their pages into small, deeply nested quickly paged chunks and keyed to where the client is physically situated; these are adequately handled by mobile devices, thereby offering little extra value to large-screen users which depresses large-screen access which reinforces the format used by small-screen content providers). Those who initially sat out the contest find that the basic decisions had already been made about broad versus narrow content. Certain options are already off the table and thus societies are locked into particular technological development paths before the implications of such paths are fully understood.

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