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Frank Hovis

Bt Turning Off Dial-Up

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It will still be available through Plusnet but the main shock for me was realising that people were still using it. A colleague pulled out of a house rental at the last minute (not a particularly remote location) because it didn't have broadband so there are definitely places down here without it, you don't have to be in the middle of Dartmoor.

BT will turn off its dial-up internet access service on 1 September.

The telecoms firm said it was taking the step because only a "tiny number" of its customers still went online using a dial-up modem.

It added that the vast majority of its 6.8 million broadband customers had switched to much faster connections.

However, a small number of people in rural areas where broadband will not work will struggle to get online after the change.

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About 800,000 people still used dial-up in 2010, the last year for which figures were available, said an Ofcom spokesman.

"The number has now fallen so low nationally that it's quite difficult to get any accurate figures from a survey sample," he said. "We think it's in the very low hundreds of thousands but we cannot be any more confident than that."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23877364

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It will still be available through Plusnet but the main shock for me was realising that people were still using it. A colleague pulled out of a house rental at the last minute (not a particularly remote location) because it didn't have broadband so there are definitely places down here without it, you don't have to be in the middle of Dartmoor.

There's an interesting consequence of this..

If you want to control The Masses in a revolution, it's possible to turn off/block mobile networks, and broadband internet exchanges, but turning off dial-up means turning off pretty much the whole telephone network.

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There's an interesting consequence of this..

If you want to control The Masses in a revolution, it's possible to turn off/block mobile networks, and broadband internet exchanges, but turning off dial-up means turning off pretty much the whole telephone network.

I'm not sure you can even really turn off dial-up. It wiuld be like turning off faxing. Ultimately there's nothing to stop my computer ringing yours.

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There's an interesting consequence of this..

If you want to control The Masses in a revolution, it's possible to turn off/block mobile networks, and broadband internet exchanges, but turning off dial-up means turning off pretty much the whole telephone network.

I'd heard that, that dial-up would be a go to communications method in the event of revolution / the 'internet' being down. Maybe someone has had a word... :ph34r:

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There's an interesting consequence of this..

If you want to control The Masses in a revolution, it's possible to turn off/block mobile networks, and broadband internet exchanges, but turning off dial-up means turning off pretty much the whole telephone network.

They're only turning off their own dial up modems - nothing to stop anyone else offering a dial up modem service.

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There are lots of other dial up providers out there apart from BT

Anyway if you live in some parts of the UK the BT Broadband speed is so appalling you may as well be on dial up as the browsing experience is almost identical

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