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Jan 17 2006
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News Corp. Plans to Compete for Broadband
One thing seems to stand in the way of Rupert Murdoch�s march toward a broadband empire: the broadband network itself.

This BusinessWeek article outlines his plans to compete with cable and telecom �triple play� bundles by updating News Corp.-owned satellite network DirecTV to carry data and voice into subscribers� homes. The challenge? Updating the satellite network to carry faster data in two directions, as cable and DSL networks currently do (and satellite currently does not).

The alternative is to build a Wi-Max network from the ground up, which is cheaper than building a terrestrial broadband network. Murdoch is willing to earmark about a billion dollars for the cause, a necessary investment to fully leverage the Web properties he recently acquired, including MySpace, and the launch of Fox Interactive Media.

 
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