Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Suddenly it's the 1990s again as dialup modems screech up AOL profits

AOL Still Relies on Dial-Up Profit as Its Media Shift Continues: AOL has worked hard to reinvent itself as a modern digital media and advertising company, but the bulk of its profits still come from its dial-up ISP business.
While the calendar may read 2014, this week it feels like time has jumped back nearly 20 years when most Americans accessed the Internet with slow dialup modems and Monica Lewinsky was in the news (as she is again this week). It's a sad testament to the retrograde state of U.S. telecommunications infrastructure that enough Americans are still on dialup -- many because it's the only landline option available -- that it continues to be a profitable business for AOL. That can hardly be called progress.

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