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Monday, 12 August 2013 12:15

America still loves dial-up

Written by Nick Farrell



AOL serves 2.5 million people

Buried in AOL’s second-quarter earnings report is the surprising news that more than 2.5 million people still subscribe to the Internet company’s services.

This seems to suggest that many in the US are stuck in the 1990s rather than the 1950s, like we suspected, and are just getting used to life without padded shoulders. It seems that what ever is holding that time door shut is weakening as that figure represents a drop of 15 percent from the same quarter last year.

Still that is roughly 114 million households in the United States. Do a bit of math, or 2.2 percent of the Internet connections. To be fair not all of those people are aware that they’re still paying. They just signed up for it years ago, paid a direct debit and never check their bank statements. But apparently there are still those who either lack access to broadband or can’t afford what’s in their area.

More than 17 percent of dial-up users say there’s no broadband where they live and 35 percent say the price needs to fall before they’d adopt it.

Nick Farrell

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