Consumer Broadband Evolution, Not Revolution

from the people-want-it dept

With every politician these days talking about how important it is for the government to stimulate broadband growth, they might want to look at the research. It appears that it’s not the availability of broadband that’s the issue any more. People don’t sign up because they don’t like the price, or they don’t see compelling applications. However, there is clearly pent up demand, as many people say they’re planning to sign up for high speed access in the near future. Online gaming seems like a major driver in convincing people to move to high speed connections. I wonder if the various government proposals include plans to get more companies to create online games? Probably not.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Consumer Broadband Evolution, Not Revolution”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
dorpus says:

What about faster dialup modems?

They’re supposed to come out soon with v40 (or whatever it was) dialup modems that will be twice as fast as the existing 56k, through usage of data compression.

Will this not create an additional hurdle to broadband adoption? Or even spell disaster for existing DSL’s that don’t fare much better anyway.

Oliver Wendell Jones (profile) says:

Re: What about faster dialup modems?

Even if they could develop a dial up modem as fast as my DSL line, I still wouldn’t go back.


Because the cost of an ISP offering 24/7 high-speed internet with a static IP + the cost of a dedicated phone line would exceed what I’m paying for DSL, not to mention I would have to buy another modem, something I am reluctant to ever do again.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: What about faster dialup modems?

I find dialup offers one advantage over broadband — by keeping my line busy all evening, telemarketers can never get a hold of me. If someone needs to call me, they can just shoot me message by email or IM.

And what if such modems came standard with the next generation of PC’s?

As it is, retail PC’s come with rather useless DVD drives, when the same space could have been used for something like jazz drives.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...