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56-kilobit AOL dial-up Internet still used by 2.1 million in USA

By James Walker     May 11, 2015 in Internet
AOL has revealed it has still has 2.1 million subscribers using its ancient dial-up Internet service provided by landline telephones and only offering speeds of 56 kilobits per second. It seems that some will steadfastly resist the modern Internet.
The number of people using AOL's dial-up service fell dramatically in the early 2000s as more modern Internet infrastructure was rolled out across the U.S. and high-speed broadband became mainstream. Since then, the number has continued to fall by around 500,000 a year as increasing numbers of people make the switch.
SlashGear reports that an astounding number of people still haven't though. Typically using a $20 service connected through a landline phone, 2.1 million people experience the Internet through only a dial-up connection.
Dial-up connections have a maximum operating speed of 56-kilobits/second, slower even than the ancient GPRS networks used by old mobile phones before the days of 3G. AOL offered dial-up on floppy disks and later CDs that were sent to customers to setup their computers with.
The figures were revealed during AOL's first-quarter earnings for 2015 late last week. They represent only a small decrease over the company's last earnings report, in February, when it announced that 2.2 million customers were still using the service.
Most people take the speed of their Internet for granted today. Slow Internet connections are resigned only to the rural areas where infrastructure is lacking but even these normally have access to DSL broadband, even if the speed is very limited.
The average speed of Internet connections in the U.S. today is 10Mbps but in dense urban areas fibre-optic connections can offer 100Mbps or more. In select locations, it is possible to get 1Gbps connections, if you have enough money to spare.
Many people are still using AOL dial-up because it is available on introductory free-trial periods that do not incur any monthly charges. Others claim that they like the feel of the "old Internet" from before it was so widely used.
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