Professors Take Distance Learning to Next-Generation Networks

Some eager distance-education instructors are taking the latest, fastest models of the Internet out for a test drive. These high-speed networks come with enticing features -- additional bandwidth and improved video quality -- but they are pricey, availability is limited, and engineers are still working out some bugs.

For those who use the Internet for no more than the distance-education equivalent of a trip to the corner store -- to provide text-based course