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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Word of the Day


A combined device for modulation and demodulation, for example, between the digital data of a computer and the analog signal of a...
Send (data) by modem.

This was one of words in this morning's Jumble. It took me a while to figure it out, and when I had I realized I had not heard anyone use it for a very long time. Now I'm wondering how many people, if any, are still using dial-up connections. Ask and Yahoo Answers:

According to a Pew Internet and American Life Project study in July of 2008 the percentage of US adults still using dial-up Internet was 10%.,2933,3756…

I run a Internet comparison site, and would estimate from traffic statistics that that percentage is probably still close to 10% today.

The reason is not always the unavailability of broadband, some budget conscious consumers just don't like the higher monthly cost of high speed Internet service.

With the rising unemployment rate and sinking economy, there has been a resurgence in the use of dial-up Internet services.

If you're a light Internet user, email and browsing, and don't care about downloading and watching online video, then you might be satisfied with dial-up Internet. Dial up Internet is very inexpensive with plans as cheap as $5.00 per month. Dial up has disadvantages though, it is slow compared to broadband and will tie up your telephone line while you are connected so you can't make or receive calls. Dial up requires a telephone line connection and is available practically anywhere in the US and Canada.

In some rural and remote areas dial-up Internet is the only option, with the exception of expensive satellite Internet access. Satellite and cellular mobile broadband services are available in many rural areas where cable and DSL don't reach. Both are slower and more expensive than their DSL and cable counterparts.

Good Luck...


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