Not all of those people are even aware that they're still paying, which makes AOL's continued earnings from dial-up services a particularly genius form of memory-hole leeching. (As you'll see from the update below, however, dial-up isn't the only service that's captured by the enigmatic term "AOL-brand access subscriber.")
But then there are those who either lack access to broadband or can't afford what's in their area. About 17 percent of dial-up users say there's no broadband where they live; 35 percent say the price needs to fall before they'd adopt it.
Not everyone contained in AOL's 2.5 million subscriber figure lives in rural or poor areas. Still, it's a good reminder that even as much of the country adopts newer broadband technologies, there's a risk that some might get left behind.
Update: An AOL spokesperson responds to an earlier query, clarifying that the subscriber figure includes both dial-up and "other products and services."