> I live approximately 60 miles west of NYC and approximately 60 miles NNE > > of Philly. Though I get broadband the options are awful. On the other hand, I live about 100 miles NE of NYC and 100 miles SW of Boston in central Connecticut. There's vast options for cable broadband, and dsl options. Heck, if you want to pay for it, you can get a t1 for about $999 a month to your house. In addition, half the town i live in has random hotspots from coffee shops, librarys, offices, and so on putting out a wireless signal. There are talks of putting up antenna's and making wireless broadband free and cover just about everwhere- just like radio. My city has 65,000 people in it. Hardly a huge metropolis. So, its all about where you are, and what the town/county/state is after as a whole. That said, there are plenty of people still on dial-up. In fact, half of my friends don't even own a computer and don't really want to get one either. They don't see the need. Me, I think i'd die if i couldn't get on line. lol I guess my point here, is that culture, lifestyle, and job will effect the spread of broadband connections. If I never used the net, but wanted to have it for getting directions, or looking something up once in a while, i wouldn't pay 40-80/month for broadband-- but i'd pay 9.99 for dialup.