Do People Really Prefer Dial-up?

A newly released study suggest that there might not be pent-up demand for broadband in the United States after all. Or as an AP headline put it: Study says many dial-up users don’t want broadband. The numbers add up, but I don’t buy it. A better headline might have been: Dial-up users aren’t interested in paying high prices for slow Internet connections.

The study, by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, states that only 14% of users stick with dial-up because broadband isn’t available in their area. 35% stick with dial-up because they can’t afford broadband. 19% say they wouldn’t upgrade for any reason.

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