Do Dial-Up Modems Still Matter?

Net Neutrality & ISP

With broadband (high-speed Internet) adoption at an all-time high in the United States, can we finally assume that all users will have high-speed internet connections– and by association, an enjoyable, responsive, non-painful way to use the Internet? Or do web developers still need to accommodate dial-up users? The link above discusses the latest trends in American Internet connectivity.

According to the site, 42 percent of Americans now have high-speed
Internet, up from 30 percent a year ago. Though high-speed Internet is
becoming more and more popular, it’s clear that many Americans still do
not find value in paying a premium price for high-speed Internet.
However, as the Internet evolves and becomes a more robust experience,
dial-up connectivity may become unbearably slow causing users to make
the leap to high-speed.

For those unfamiliar with the lingo, “dial-up modems” are the
devices used to connect to the Internet the slow and less expensive
way. If you have to tie up your phone line to be online, have to go
through a process to connect to the Internet each time you use it, and
pay less than $20 a month for service, chances are you are using
dial-up.

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