POPULARITY OF INTERNET WON'T PEAK FOR YEARS

H. C. Covington @ I CAN! America (@)
Sun, 30 May 1999 11:33:04 -0500


POPULARITY OF INTERNET WON'T PEAK FOR YEARS

The Internet has not penetrated the majority of American homes,
according to studies from major Internet consulting firms Inteco,
Forrester Research, and Neilsen Media Research.  Neilsen found
that one-third of U.S. households have Internet access, and only
one-third of those, or 13 percent of all U.S. households, go
online more than once a week.  This reluctance to use the
Internet at home can be attributed to fears that technology is
difficult to learn as well as perceptions that the Web is full of
scams.  Although many adults have yet to become acclimated to
technology, as many as 81 percent of teenagers are using the
Internet frequently and knowledgeably.  The next generation is
expected to usher in the rise of household Internet acceptance,
with 90 percent of U.S. households predicted to have Internet
access by 2005 or 2010.  (Puget Sound Business Journal Online 05/24/99)
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SOFTWARE PIRACY RATES INCH DOWN

Software piracy rates have decreased slightly, although the
number of applications installed has increased, according to a
joint report by the Business Software Alliance and the Software
and Information Industry Association.  The report found that last
year 38 percent, or 231 million, of the 615 million new
business-software applications installed worldwide were illegal.
Piracy rates were highest in developing countries, as 97 percent
of Vietnam's software was pirated and China had a 95 percent
rate.  Businesses worldwide lost $11 billion from pirated
software in 1998; $2.9 billion of this money should have been
received in the U.S.  In an attempt to reduce piracy, software
companies are making legal software more attractive by creating
easier access to software worldwide, increasing user support, and
lowering prices.  Governments are also working harder to prevent
software piracy; in the U.S., Nevada passed a bill Monday
requiring state agencies to use only legal software, while
President Clinton passed a similar measure last fall applying to
federal agencies.  (Computer Reseller News Online 05/25/99)




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