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[Y!] Many dial-up users don't want broadband, new study suggests

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080703/...roadband_study

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NEW YORK - A new study suggests that attitude rather than availability may be the key reason why more Americans don't have high-speed Internet access.

The findings from the Pew Internet and American Life Project challenge the argument that broadband providers need to more aggressively roll out supply to meet demand.

Only 14 percent of dial-up users say they're stuck with the older, slower connection technology because they can't get broadband in their neighborhoods, Pew reported Wednesday.

Thirty-five percent say they're still on dial-up because broadband prices are too high, while another 19 percent say nothing would persuade them to upgrade. The remainder have other reasons or do not know.

"That suggests that solving the supply problem where there are availability gaps is only going to go so far," said John Horrigan, the study's author. "It's going to have to be a process of getting people more engaged with information technology and demonstrating to people it's worth it for them to make the investment of time and money."

Nonetheless, the Pew study does support concerns that rural Americans have more trouble getting faster Internet connections, which bring greater opportunities to work from home or log into classes at distant universities. Twenty-four percent of rural dial-up users say they would get broadband if it becomes available, compared with 11 percent for suburbanites and 3 percent for city dwellers.

Vint Cerf, one of the Internet's key inventors and an advocate for the idea that the government should be more active in expanding broadband, suspects that many more dial-up users would be interested in going high-speed if they had a better idea of what they're missing. He pointed out that broadband access is available from only one provider in many areas, keeping prices high and speeds low.
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post #2 of 39
My Grandfather just sold his farm and moved into the city and instantly asked me how much low-end DSL goes for.


He's been dying for more then 33.6k dial up
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some people just don't know the differences
    
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this exact article was in my paper today interesting read I guess, basically stated that those who don't have aren't as high speed interneted. Nothing beyond logic. The interesting part was that it discussed the potential of a new internet boundary between people that was seen in the 90s with those who had internet and those who didn't but now it is those with high-speed and those with out.
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I don't see why you would not want DSL or better when i had Dial up my parents did not wanted to upgrade because it is higher price and they didn't use internet at all but it is like 2 yrs since i upgraded and i would never go back to dial up.
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Man... I still got an old 14.4K modem (from 1999) in a shoebox full of other ancient, obsolete computer hardware and accessories that I once used, many, many centuries ago. I remember how exciting it was to be on the internet back then, on it. Waiting 10 minutes for pages to load!
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Some people just might not have a need for broadband. Why pay extra for more bandwidth when all you do is email and simple tasks like that?
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I don't see why you would not want DSL or better when i had Dial up my parents did not wanted to upgrade because it is higher price and they didn't use internet at all but it is like 2 yrs since i upgraded and i would never go back to dial up.
Man, I've used either Cable or ADSL since 1995, I could never go back. I couldn't handle having to wait for freaking Google to load!
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They'd have problem with looking at the projects here.
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I've grown fantastically impatient with the internet having become completely accustomed to broadband (I've had cable since '98 at the latest).

The people that don't have broadband likely don't know what they're missing.
    
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