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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    Sobriquet, 23 Jun 2006 @ 2:18pm

    Rural Access and You

    I live in a rural area and many people use dial-up but several new companies in the area are offering high speed access to rural residents via 802.11x broadcast from towers. Each tower can cover several miles around it. Essentially it's a powerful wireless router set-up. The customer has a special antenna capable of reaching the tower. Works great from what I hear. I myself am lucky enough to have a cable modem, and frankly, wouldn't go to dial-up even if I had no other option.

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