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Dial-Up ISPs

Although dial-up connections are currently the majority, they are becoming increasingly less used as cable modem and DSL access make it into homes. Dial-up connections are modem-based and max out at 56Kbps speeds. They are much slower than broadband connections.

You can still find a few ISPs that provide free dial-up connections (although the number of them has significantly decreased in the past year). Free dial-up providers make money by forcing you to view ads and doing such things as selling your personal information to marketing companies. (One of the most well-known was NetZero, but it now charges for access.) Dial-up accounts come with free Web hosting and disk space (although both cable modems and DSL have this feature also in some cases).


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