Dial-Up: Dead Or Alive?

from the not-dead-yet! dept

It's always fun when you get two absolutely conflicting headlines to show up on the same day. Broadband Reports picks up on a Nielsen/NetRatings study with the title: Newsflash: Dial-Up is Dying, while Fox retorts: Reports of Death of Dial-Up Internet Greatly Exaggerated. Of course, the details suggest that both may be right. They're actually talking about different studies. The second one is about a Pew study -- and the numbers are slightly different, but relatively close. The Nielsen report notes 28% still using dialup (while also pointing out that's down from 43% last year). The Pew report says 34% -- a slightly higher number. However, the Pew report also asked those dialup users what their intentions for the future were, and 60% said they were perfectly happy with dialup accounts, and saw no reason to move to broadband. So, perhaps dialup is simply shrinking, but there are going to be a core group of holdouts, who just won't let go of the sound of a modem connecting for quite some time.

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    ET, 23 Jun 2006 @ 12:43pm

    It's still alive, alright...

    I work for an ISP in Wisconsin. We offer both T1, DSL and dial-up service. What do we sell most of? Yep. Dial-up. Why? For most people that's the only option available. For others, they can't justify the cost of broadband compared to their usage. If you're only going to be on the Internet for 20 hours a month, you aren't going to be likely to pay more than $10 a month for it, regardless of speed.

    As long as that fabled "Last Mile" project has not been completed, dialup will remain alive and well.

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