Utility to offer high-speed Internet over power lines:
"Cinergy Broadband is pairing with Maryland-based Current Communications Group to offer the service in parts of Cincinnati this year. Plans also call for an expansion into Kentucky and Indiana; Cinergy hopes to market the service to 55,000 of its 1.5 million customers. "We had very positive results from a pilot program that we began last January in about 100 homes and about 75 percent said they were very satisfied and willing to sign up for commercial service," Cinergy spokesman Steve Brash said.
A second venture will bring the technology to smaller municipal and cooperatively owned power companies, covering 24 million customers across the United States. The companies are committing more than $70 million to the effort. .. The service starts at $29.95 a month. Customers will get one free modem, which must be plugged into an electrical socket for the system to work. .. the speed is comparable to high-speed cable and faster than DSL, or digital subscriber line, services. " 11:30:31 PM
44% of Web users create content:
"Nearly half of U.S. adults who use the Internet have published their thoughts, shared files or created Web logs or diaries. A telephone survey conducted last spring by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found Internet users under the age of 25 are the most enthusiastic about creating content and most likely to have blogs. Older Internet users, with an average age of 58
, are most likely to have their own Web sites.
2-7% of Americans blog, 11% visit blogs: " The Pew Internet and American Life Project .. study was largely based on random telephone surveys of 1,555 Internet users taken from March 12 to May 20, 2003. The That survey found only 2% of users keeping blogs, although a preliminary analysis of follow-up surveys from early 2004 showed the figure increasing to about 7%. margin of sampling error is +/- 3%. Of those, only about 10% update them daily, the majority doing so only once a week or less often.
About 11% of Internet users report visiting blogs written by others. Most often, they were for blogs written by friends. But blog readers are more likely to go to journals kept by strangers rather than by family members. Among other findings: 21% of Internet users have posted photos on Web sites, and 20% say they have allowed others to download video or music files from their computers. 7% have webcams that let others see live pictures of them over the Net." 11:22:43 PM