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As of September 2003, most users in the US connect to the Internet using dial-up modems of 56Kbps or less. 49.7% use 56Kbps modems, 7.5% use 28/33.3Kbps, and 2.8% use 14.4Kbps modems. In total, 60% of home users in the US connect to the Internet at 56Kbps or less. (See the October 2003 Bandwidth Report Figure 1)
Broadband Growth in the US:
British Telecom Splits the Difference
"The practice involves the installation of a DACS box when a new phone connection is requested within a building which has an existing BT line. The DACS box allows the existing line to be split, at which point the effective bandwidth is capped at 33Kbps. In practice this can mean a drop to 28K as available bandwidth isn't always maximized. Cable users are not affected by the practice."
DACS (Digital Access Carrier System) converts two analog lines into one digital signal, allowing two customers to send data through a single phone line. According to Oftel's guidelines on Internet access, BT and Kingston Communications are required to provide a telephone connection "capable of functional Internet access" upon reasonable request. Oftel's guidelines set a benchmark speed of 28.8Kbps for a standard telephone line.
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