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The Bandwidth Problem That Deserves More Attention

Photo: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Photo by Bloomberg.

This past Sunday night I sat down with my wife and daughter to watch a movie on Amazon Prime. What could have been a fun experience turned into a chore, however, as the film stopped repeatedly to buffer, for some stretches, every few seconds.

This was the second time in a few weeks we’d had this experience, the last time being when we bought a movie on streaming service Vudu. And both episodes were a reminder that, while more over-the-top video streaming services from HBO, Sony, Dish and others are on the horizon, the industry isn’t ready for prime time—literally.

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