Dial-up Internet access is a form of Internet access that uses the facilities of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) to establish a connection to an Internet service provider (ISP) by dialing a telephone number on a conventional telephone line. The user’s computer or router uses an attached modem to encode and decode information into and from audio frequency signals, respectively.
Dial-up Internet has been around since the 1980s via public providers such as NSFNET-linked universities and was first offered commercially in July 1992 by Sprint. Despite losing ground to broadband since the mid-2000s, dial-up may still be used where other forms are not available or the cost is too high, such as in some rural or remote areas.
Kids today will never know…
The frustrating feeling of not being able to browse the internet anytime and anywhere we wanted to
The patience one needs to muster while the dial tone connects to the ISP
The even more frustating feeling of suddenly being disconnected because someone decided to use the telephone without checking if someone is connected to the internet
The fights that ensue within the household in the name of internet or telephone usage
- The weird excitement one feels when school’s out and you race home to use the internet
Oh, the good ole days.