In This Chapter
Selecting your ISP
Choosing a modem
Configuring your modem
Making your Internet connection
Modems are old school. Back in the day — oh, way back at the turn of the century — they were the only game in town for most people. The only broadband Internet connections you could get were through large organizations such as universities. Otherwise, you had to live with the slow connections modems provided.
Modems enabled a lot of people to get onto the Internet. As large numbers of us got online, economies of scale drove the introduction of consumer‐level broadband connections. Today, it's hard to think of a world without those fast, always‐on connections. But not everyone has access to such luxuries, and modems still serve as an inexpensive, widely available connection method.
Ubuntu provides all the tools necessary for using modems. This chapter describes how to make your modem connection. We play to the classic hits here. It's old school, baby!