Summary Box: Israel sets sights on next-gen Net

NOT SO FAST: Although Israel has a long history of high-tech breakthroughs produced by scrappy little companies, it has fallen behind in one critical area, the speed of Internet connections.

THE REMEDY: In the coming months, Israel’s state-owned electric company hopes to change this by rolling out a nationwide, high-speed broadband network.

THE POTENTIAL: Experts say the fiber-optic lines can provide connections of 10 to 100 times current speeds, transforming the way the Internet is used in such areas as entertainment, business and health care.