Compaq will roll out today a range of home computers which come equipped with high speed modems, allowing faster online connection to the Internet.
For its Presario-branded computers, which will sell for $1,599, customers will have the option of taking them with a digital subscriber line (DSL) - enabled modem, which allows PCs to connect to the Internet at speeds of up to 1.5 Megabits per seconds, or about 300 times as fast as today?s 56K modems.
For the new modems to work however, telephone companies have to offer DSL service of a good enough quality. Compaq said it has spoken to carriers, including GTE whose Internet service is offered on its PCs, and is confident they will accelerate their development of DSL.
Compaq also plans to support other broadband services, including cable TV and satellite services, and intends to have all of its PCs broadband-enabled by 2000.
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