Dial-Up Hold-Outs: Some Just Don't Want Broadband

They're turned off by high prices or just not interested, study shows
By Laila Weir,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2008 5:35 PM CDT
Dial-Up Hold-Outs: Some Just Don't Want Broadband
Michael Schuppenhauer works on his computer at his home in a remote area, where he accesses the Internet via satellite broadband that is in the background outside the window.    (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Dial-up Internet users might not want broadband—or at least not want it enough to pay for it. That’s the word from a new study that finds high prices and a lack of interest are bigger factors than lack of access for most dial-up holdouts. The story is different, though, in rural areas, where 24% of dial-uppers would upgrade if they could, reports AP.

Of the overall dial-up crowd, just 14% say they use the slower technology because they can’t get broadband. Overall, 35% cite high broadband prices and 19% say they wouldn’t upgrade no matter what. "That suggests that solving the supply problem where there are availability gaps is only going to go so far," says the study's author. (Read more Internet access stories.)

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