The growth in dial up networking has exceeded the expectations of many industry pundits.The low cost internal 8-bit ISA 2400 bps modems are very popular and the new US Robotics 9600 bps models are coming down in prices as well.

It appears that the telephone network has a problem as central crossbar switches are not able to handle all of the connections at once.

The US Robotics modems are widely used with the File Distribution Network which delivers vast amounts of data that is them copied to many local BBS sites.