Indeed, many have seen bandwidth merely as another revenue stream, as witnessed by the wireless bandwidth auctions in 2000, in which telecoms operators throughout Europe bid billions of dollars for license fees.
There are exceptions. South Korea, for example, now has the highest number of dsl subscribers in the world, outnumbering even the United States, thanks to enormous investment in infrastructure and widespread marketing support for the companies that build it and sell it.
The United States, though, has a long-established cable culture that keeps it high on the list of best-connected nations. And while some countries struggle with the challenge of building their corners of the wireless internet, others such as Finland have been happily doing it for years.
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