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AOL Dial-Up Still Has More Subscribers Than You Would Think

by Todd Haselton | August 6, 2014August 6, 2014 1:00 pm PST


Despite the incredible speeds offered by 4G LTE networks in the United States, and the sometimes faster Internet services offered by Comcast, Time Warner Cable, RCN and other firms, there are still millions of people using AOL dial-up. Yes, dial-up..

AOL released its second quarter 2014 earnings recently, which revealed that more than 2.3 million people are still paying for AOL’s dial-up service. According to Quartz, those folks pay an average of $20.86 per month. Some quick math shows that equals out to an average of $47,978,000 that AOL is pulling in each month from those dial-up subscribers, and apparently those folks are earning the company a bulk of its profits.

One reason the figure could be so high is that broadband, whether wireless or connected, isn’t available to everyone in the United States. It’s a task that the FCC has fought hard to fight, in an effort to make sure everyone can access information and connect to the rest of the world. Still, millions don’t have access to that and are left with few selections, like AOL dial-up.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...