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June 26, 2005

Who uses dial-up anyway?

It boggles the mind to learn of people still using dial-up modems to access the internet. To be fair, I'm sure that three years ago, most people accessing the internet were still using dial-up modems. However, I think the numbers are probably closer to 50/50 between dial-up and high-speed broadband connections.

I converted to broadband in 2000, and simply cannot figure out how I ever lived with a slow 28.8kbaud dial-up connection. If you're still using a dial-up modem, consider yourself a relic or an endagered species. Actually, it's very easy to make the business case for highspeed. The cost per month are practically identical. Most people already have either cable or POTS line in their homes, so it would be a simple matter of connecting the service. Minimal upfront cost, the DSL/cable modem is given to the customer at almost no cost.

To be fair, the ISP (ie Comcast, SBC Yahoo) will lease the equipment for $5.00/month. If you're frugal like me, you'll probaly want to purchase your own from E-Bay or New Egg.

There really is no reason _not_ to use highspeed connections. I suppose that people tend to abuse the increased bandwidth, as they are more likely to send email loaded with 5mb attachments. Don't get me started. I routinely scold people for poor netiquette. Well that is a different rant, which I'll get into at another time.

Step into the highspeed internet, you'll never go back to dial-up.
Dial-Up Internet Going the Way of Rotary Phones - New York Times

Posted by AG at June 26, 2005 2:56 AM