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2008 dialup access statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Friday July 4, 2008 )

From time to time I take a peek at the latest Internet dialup access statistics. Dialup access in the USA, even today, is still very much alive and well.

According to the latest report from Pew Internet entitled “Home Broadband Adoption 2008”; 10% of adult Americans still only have dialup access at home. When I reported on this in April 2007, dialup access was around 19%.

In the latest survey, 62% of dial-up users surveyed stated they aren’t interested in switching to broadband and 19% said nothing would convince them to get broadband.

Quick calculation:

Adult population = ~ 220 million
Dialup access segment = ~ 22 million
Totally uninterested in broadband = ~ 4 million plus

For those who could be swayed to broadband, 35% of dial-up users say that the price of broadband would need to drop. Availability of service is also still a major issue, with 14% of users and 24% of dial-up users in rural USA stating broadband is still not available in their area.

So, in the USA alone, with tens of millions of folks continuing to access the web via dialup, and likely hundreds of millions globally – it’s still something to bear in mind when designing your web site.

Read more of the Home Broadband Adoption 2008 survey report (PDF)

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1 comment for 2008 dialup access statistics
  1. I would love high speed access but my budget doesn’t permit it.

    Comment by Brett — July 9, 2008 @ 9:55 pm

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