Dial-Up Isn’t Dead

Apparently it’s just pining for the fjords. Forty percent of Americans are still using dial-up connections to browse the web from home. While compression technology has made dial-up much better than it was five years ago, it still doesn’t even come close to broadband in speed capability. In the test cited, loading Amazon’s start page took 29 seconds with dial-up on the initial hit and 11 seconds after caching, but only 5 seconds with a broadband connection. I don’t know about you, but I’m not cutting my web browsing speed 50 to 75 percent just to save $20 a month.

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