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Do People Still Use Dial-Up?

In the United States, about 2.5 million people used dial-up Internet service from America Online (AOL) in 2012. Although the number of dial-up users dropped by about 15% from the previous year, about 2.2% of the US population was using dial-up Internet service in 2012. By comparison, about 70% of American adults used high-speed broadband Internet connections. A 2009 Pew Internet survey found that the main reasons people still used dial-up were that it was more affordable than broadband or because high-speed Internet wasn’t available where they lived. Those who didn’t have any Internet service tended to cite a lack of interest as the reason.

More about Internet usage:

  • An estimated one-third of the world’s population uses the Internet, and nearly half of the world’s users were younger than 25 years old in 2011.

  • China has the most Internet users, comprising about one-quarter of the world’s Internet users in 2011.

  • From 2008 to 2010, the cost of high-speed broadband Internet access dropped by 50% in developing countries, which is thought to have contributed to the decline of dial-up users.
Allison Boelcke
By Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke, a digital marketing manager and freelance writer, helps businesses create compelling content to connect with their target markets and drive results. With a degree in English, she combines her writing skills with marketing expertise to craft engaging content that gets noticed and leads to website traffic and conversions. Her ability to understand and connect with target audiences makes her a valuable asset to any content creation team.
Discussion Comments
By pwhitten — On Oct 16, 2013

I wonder if there has been an update to the Pew survey since 2009. If so, I hope someone has passed it on to President Obama. I heard a few months ago that he was going to start working on a project to make sure that everyone in the US has access to the internet.

Considering the financial climate in our country today, I would seriously question such a program, especially if those who don't have it aren't really interested.

Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke, a digital marketing manager and freelance writer, helps businesses create compelling content to connect with their target markets and drive results. With a degree in English, she combines her writing skills with marketing expertise to craft engaging content that gets noticed and leads to website traffic and conversions. Her ability to understand and connect with target audiences makes her a valuable asset to any content creation team.
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