The Need For Speed
U.S. entrepreneurs are the world's most wired, but they waste a lot of time waiting for Web pages to load. Only 21% of small- and medium-size companies in the U.S. have high-speed Internet access, says AMI Partners, compared with 59% in Germany and 40% in Japan. Why are we so slow? Overseas telecoms rolled out affordable high-speed services, says AMI's Anindya Bose, while U.S. companies spent years unsuccessfully hawking more expensive T-1 lines. Bose expects the gap to close within two years.