Hey DSL, It’s Time for Goodbye

Photograph by David Selman/Corbis

As someone whose first home broadband experience was a 256-kilobit-per-second connection from Verizon’s grammy Bell Atlantic, I have always retained a soft spot for DSL technology. Sure, I was jealous of my friends who got @Home Network cable-based broadband and its 1 Mbps service, but in Manhattan of the ’90s, DSL was the only game in town. If you saw the cables in my East Village apartment block, you too would feel incredulous: How do these creaking, aging old copper wires bring fast broadband? As time went by, the speeds increased.

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