It’s been a while since we’ve talked about how broadband will open new opportunities for consumers. BobR on MobileRead.com has a post about AOL’s In2TV broadband video service. The service requires at least DSL or Cable modem bandwidth currently to stream a currently limited selection of programs. BobR writes about the minor frustrations but general likes what he sees. Imagine what consumers could get when true broadband networks are deployed – HD quality programming in a fraction of the time that today’s programs take to load, content from any producer, not just the networks. When cable and telecom companies are forced to compete for the consumer, they will innovate to offer better products, better prices, better service. If Congress removes the franchise regulatory hurdles, the day when BobR no longer is frustrated by buffering hiccups will be sooner rather than later.