While reading Bruce Sterling, Roberta X tosses in this historical note:
Is there anything quite as dead as dial-up BBSes? I can still use a 1920s dial telephone; but a 300 baud modem (heck, even a superfast 2400-baud) isn’t even a good doorstop. No, I’m being unfair: the landline telegraph guys use them (plus a custom interface) to telegraph one another, via a nifty hub and The TelCo, in a very clever mash-up of time-spanning technologies.
I may as well mention here that until we ripped out the shop’s T1 and replaced it with sweet, sweet fiber sweet, sweet, farging expensive fiber our Monster Tower called home to its Big Blue overlords over what used to be a luxury: ISDN. Far as I know, it’s still supported in the hardware.
Oh, and I still own a USRobotics V.90 modem. Just in case.