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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    thegcinfo, 25 Jun 2006 @ 5:16pm

    dial-up pisses me off

    My relatives have six acres of land out in the country so like 20 years after we all got cable tv they finally wire that area for cable tv, internet, and telephone but only my aunt in the house closest to the street can get cable tv/internet/telephone for 99 bucks a month. Charter tells the ones set back on the same property further from the road that they can't get it cause they are too far from the road. Anyways I was at the house of the aunt with dialup the other day (AOL just to make it even worse) and I swear it pissed me off because I got disconnected like 45 times and all I wanted to do was read news, I was able to read two stories in that time...that was it...I finally gave up and disconnected...I have charter 5 MBps and sometimes I feel like its not fast enough for me LOL

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