Consumers Losing Interest In High Speed Internet?

from the and-so-it-goes dept

Just as it was looking like high speed internet connections were finally taking off, a new study has come out saying that the adoption rate is likely to slow down. It turns out that many people are quite satisfied with dialup, while plenty of others say cable modems and DSL still aren’t available where they live. I wish there was more of an explanation as to why dialup users didn’t want broadband. My guess is the price is still too high for many people, who don’t see why it’s worth it. Update: More data on this study shows that it often depends on what people use the internet for that determines whether or not they want to move up from dialup. Not surprising.

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dorpus says:

Rural Electrification Commission

When the REC was dismantled in the mid-1990s, small rural communities throughout the U.S. lost phone service, as phone companies found it uneconomical to provide service to such communities. Such towns either went bust or people learned to live without the startling jangle of phones.

So it is with broadband — either the government should provide massive subsidies (which is unlikely), or people will enjoy life without super-spam. Spammers of the future will be sure to take advantage of broadband to bring even more annoying messages.

At what point will wi-fi technologies of the future learn to make use of ubiquitous wavelengths (e.g. shortwave, very long waves) so we have fewer physical constraints?

Anonymous Coward says:

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The price will keep coming down as us first adopters payoff the initial investment for other users. I started at 49.95 a month, then 44.95 a month, now at 34.95 a month …. closing the gap between the big boy dial ups (msn,aol,elink) quickly …

Course people will always be as cheap as possible. I’m still amused/amazed when I find the number of people I know who use NetZero as their only provider.

Anonymous Coward says:

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My house is less than 150 feet from the phone company and is already wired for cable too. I could get DSL or Cablemodem service with no problems at all in my area. I use NetZero because I just can’t stomach the prices the cable and phone companies want to charge for high-speed access. For $50 a month, I’ll just wait.

Anonymous Coward says:

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I’ve been a DSL subscriber for years and find it well worth what it costs me. But my friend, a single mom with teenage son, has several reasons for sticking with dialup: it would cost a lot more — AOL dialup is practically free if you carry a balance on their credit card; the increased security exposure of an always-on connection; fear of what her son would get up to with access to massive download capability, or that he’d piss away his high school career playing Everquest all day.

Bandwidth just isn’t that useful to most people, or it bears the potential for more trouble than it’s worth.

Don says:

Poor logic in marketing dept.

I have rejected buying into broadband cable access because of the flawed logic used to justify the $45 per month they are charging. The company claims that it all comes out even if you compare that with the cost of a second phone line and a $25 per month ISP. I use a $15 per month ISP and one phone line. How does $15 compare to $45 evenly? Screw that! DSL isn’t much better, even if I was close enough to the phone company to get decent bandwidth.

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