Study: Home Networking Not So Hot


Bad news for home-networking proponents: An Accenture study of 4,500
consumers found that 57 percent don't want wired home networks and 66 percent
don't want wireless home networks.

'Consumers are shying away from cost and technical complexity,' said Charles
Roussel, a partner in Accenture's electronics and high-tech group.

'The real market opportunity over the next couple of years is to help
consumers connect easily within groups of devices before connecting across
groups and throughout the home,' said David Rich, global managing partner at

Consumers also weren't happy with the prices they were paying. Some 88
percent said their cable and direct-broadcast satellite bills were too high, 62
percent said the same thing about PC costs and 54 percent were dissatisfied with
game-console costs.