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The world's coming broadband divide

Some places won't see the sort of online activities that increasingly matter in the global economy

"Bandwidth is a huge factor for productivity," said Mr Immelt, who was in Silicon Valley talking up GE's transition to manufacturing sensor-laden jet engines and turbines.

New York

SEVERAL events last week pointed out how much business success, economic development and even international competition is starting to depend on once unimaginably fast Internet speeds.

On Tuesday, Charter Communications announced that it would spend, in two separate deals