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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    KevinG79, 23 Jun 2006 @ 1:58pm

    Re: Re: Personally....

    Hey CHARLIE..I guess you like seeing your name here too, huh?

    So what If we're posting opinions. Isn't that what the comment feature is for? To share our views and ideas?

    My view. Dial up is dying. For those of you who claim it's your only choice....it won't be for long. I know a lot of people who live out in noman's land...but somehow they manage to get broadband. Just wait till broadband over powerlines hits (soon). Then there will be no more "dial up is my only choice" excuses. And for those who say they're happy with dial up. LOL. You seriously don't know what you're missing. I'm with the others. I'd rather have NO Internet than have to suffer with dial-up again. How any ISP can charge more than $1/month for crappy dial-up service is beyond me.

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