The point was that true scanners (or devices having 2D CCD but with traditional scanner quality) have become much cheaper (and faster as you say). CCDs have better dynamic range and lower noise today and RGB LEDs in conjunction with monochrome CCD's can be used.
Originally Posted by Kino
This way, scanning the original material has become cheaper than making special prints for cheap telecine equipment.
In 1999, scanning was a big deal as you can read from the document; today, it's just a normal operation.