October 1, 2002
Okay, I know I am not the "normal user", but I really do not understand how millions to billions of people prefer dial-up over broadband. I have been struggling with a shared line with the main house phone and dial-up for only two days and it is a huge struggle. The images on CNN take forever to load, particularly the ads, which slowdown even the text from appearing. I really don't understand how this is tollerable. It must be me. I want my DSL, too bad the local telco (Verizon) is so slow in connecting 3rd party DSL providers (like DirectTV DSL) that have much better service and customer service.
It's the cost factor. When you've got one cable company per county and they want 50 dollars a month for net services, you aren't going to get many sign-ups. Now, if only they'd lower the prices to the same level as in Canada - where it runs an average of $35 . . .
Covad, one of the early service providers that is still around seems to be offering DSL for under $30.