I don't disagree that many people choose Dial UP by Choice.
I'm just saying that 30% of America does not.
I don't have data on this, but neither does any one else, so of course it is speculation. I also think its a sales problem. Better sales and marketing targeted to the Dial Up user would also contribute to changing this. For example, how many parents knowthere are parental control home routers that can restrict usage by time of day? For example, I revently converted some DialUP users to Wireless, and had been marketing DSL Wireless to them for years, unsuccessfully. They replied, "I got the flyers regularly but never called, because I knew DSL didn't exist in my area, from past experience, and thought it was just unqualified marketing. I didn't realize Wireless was a different technology to get signal to the home, and thought it was referring to Indoor wireless router".
My point is that statistical data is flawed for those type of reasons.

The big kicker is that many keep Dial Up for mobility. As WIFI and FREE broadband in Hotels and such, and broadband in every home gets closer to be met, and Email by Cell Phone, the need for Mobile Dial Up starts to diminish.

Tom DeReggi
RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband

----- Original Message ----- From: "Peter R." <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2006 12:27 AM
Subject: Re: [WISPA] Lack of Competition

Tom DeReggi wrote:


" Other figures from research firms like Forrester
show that only about 40% of Americans have high-speed connections at
home, 30% rely on dial-up and 25% don’t have any Internet connections at

I do not disagree with those statistics. I disagree with your statement that most DialUp users are DialUp users by choice, and that most people that don't have Internet are doing so by choice.

I think you are inferring there, but I know several people who keep dial-up (mostly with AOL) because of the pain of change, including my sister, who could get SBC DSL by Yahoo for less than her AOL account. So yeah many are on it on purpose. A buddy keeps dial-up at home so his kids will not get addicted and be on MySpace all night. Again on purpose he has dial-up.

The facts are, 60% of America is under served, which is both embaressing for the US, and a call for opportunity. In todays world, there is justification for every home in America to have broadband and to have a computer. Not having a computer, is no longer a valid arguement. Even the most impoverished homes, can manage to budget to buy a $300 computer from BestBuy, that includes monitor and printer.

Yeah. People on welfare buy PC's. They buy Xbox. It's a status and social thing. But I won't write a thesis on it. Again this is from personal experience.

Or for that matter to get a FREE used donated computer. A pentium pc, does Broadband fine (although slow and problematic). The reason people do not buy broadband, is NOT price. It doesn't need to be cheaper. There is already cost justification, the end user just doesn't always realize it at first. Understanding that the Average DialUp user is paying $35 a month already (line and service). The problem is that broadband is to cheap. So large players can't justify expansion into lower profit centers, by subsidees of higher paying subs. The problem is that users DO NOT HAVE OPTIONS. USERS HAVE NOT BEEN SOLICITED WITH PROPER SALES AND MARKETING TO CONVINCE THEM THEY NEED IT, BECAUE IT IS POINTLESS WHEN IT IS NOT AVAILABLE.

I think the duopoly is doing a great job of marketing and lowering the ARPU to get everyone on the internet. But I am still amazed when I ask people for an email - and they don't have one!

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