How Regular Dialup ISPs Are Getting Squeezed From Both Sides

from the trouble-in-AOL-land dept

There have been a bunch of articles recently about how the big ISPs like AOL, MSN and Earthlink are struggling to keep their customers. Most of these articles focus on how customers are leaving for the greener, speedier, pastures of broadband access. However, they’re also getting squeezed from below mainly by United Online, the company that bought up all the formerly free ISPs, and turned them all into cheap ISPs. Of course, as we mentioned a couple months back, Earthlink is experimenting with their own cheap dialup service. I wonder how many people use these as their main way to connect – and how many just use it for backup or travel purposes? Either way, it makes you wonder what reason people have to keep paying the $25/month for AOL.

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