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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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Jun 2006 @ 11:07pm

    There is a whole lot of countryside out of reach of DSL or cable television, here and around the world. There is always dish for downstream, but with broadband becoming a two-way street, upstream is still bottlenecked at dialup speeds. Dialup users tend to be better time managers because they have to. My cablemodem connection costs 4 times what dialup costs, but it's about 20 times faster for me. I'll pay the difference.

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