Dial-Up Alive and Kicking with 2 Percent of the U.S. Still on AOL
For one reason or another, dial-up service still exists, and over 2.5 million people in the U.S. are still subscribing to AOL, the company revealed in its financial report for its second quarter of fiscal 2013. According to the United States Census Bureau, there are around 115 million households in the U.S. Using a bit of grade school math, we can then figure out that 2.1 percent of homes in the U.S. are still using AOL's dial-up service.
That's a pretty fascinating statistic, though AOL's numbers are dwindling. It's 2.5 million dial-up subscribers represents a 3 percent sequential decline from 2.66 million, and a 15 percent year-on-year drop from 3.03 million.
As surprising as all that may sound, the reality remains that broadband service simply isn't available to everyone, whether it's for economic reasons or, in many cases, due to living in a rural area where DSL and/or cable aren't offered.