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From Concept to Reality: 20 Years of Connecting Communities

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 3.48.48 PMIn the spring of 1995 Brad Ward and Andy Neely were closing in on the end of their college careers at Colorado State University. With that, came the unfortunate reality of losing access to their school internet accounts. With no options for fast, reliable residential Internet Service Providers in Fort Collins, the two visionaries took it upon themselves to start a company of their own.
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People still use dial-up?

close-up image of rotary phone

Although called dial-up, a dial up connection is actually calls out through your computer, not a rotary phone.

When FRII started in 1995, all of our customers were dial-up users. There was no broadband. And we still have many customers on dial-up [1].

Inspired by Verizon’s acquisition of AOL, CNET recently questioned why anyone would still be on dial-up. The answer isn’t that difficult.
So, why do people still use dial-up?

The Internet, then and now

A screen shot of Primenet, an early Internet Service Provider, offers Gopher, Telnet, and WWW, along with e-mail, files, and Unix shells. Image shows user connected at 2400 boud.

ISPs often offered Gopher and Telnet, in addition to www, in the early days of the Internet.
(c) Tim Patterson, via flickr; CC BY-SA2.0

To me, in 1995 the Internet was not a thing; I had no idea it existed! I was 12 at the time and was more concerned with riding bikes and just being a kid. So when I was asked to write a blog on what the Internet looked like in 1995, I wasn’t sure I knew what to talk about. I did some research and I found that the Internet in 1995 was . . . how do I put this nicely? . . . for super nerds.
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