I wonder how much of a correlation there is between the health of the economy and broadband penetration.
Does anyone downgrade from broadband to dialup? What if I had to choose?
I'd probably give up magazines and video rentals. That'd save gas on trips to the bookstore and expenditures on media, but it would also increase the value of my existing broadband making it even harder to give up later. I'd hire a sitter less often. I'd cancel my VOIP phone service. I'd eat out less often.
If it got so bad as to come down between my motorcycle and broadband, I think that the motorcycle would win, but for purely emotional reasons.
Broadband has gotten so integral to life that I find giving it up almost unimaginable. But at the same time, if we were in a true recession, wouldn't it be viewed as a luxury given the existence of low-cost and free alternatives?
What would or wouldn't you give up before broadband?