Tuesday, June 15, 1999 Published at 18:26 GMT 19:26 UK
Internet is 'under-hyped'
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By Internet Correspondent Chris Nuttall
The Internet has been "under-hyped" rather than over-hyped in the way it will impact all aspects of people's lives, according to research by The Henley Centre.
The consumer consultancy says, in research commissioned by Cisco Systems, that the Net looks set to cause as great an impact on society as the development of factory processing did in the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century.
Cisco itself estimates that 60 million people, equivalent to the UK's population, now joins the Internet every six months. It also estimates that e-mail now outnumbers regular post by 10 to one.
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The Henley Report comes to a number of conclusions on the impact of the Net on daily lives:
"[The report] shows we are at the rapid innovation stage of a revolution - just before it takes off in earnest," said James Richardson, Cisco's European president, "The Internet is actually being under-hyped, rather than over-hyped."