AOLIt’s easy to take Netflix and Spotify for granted at a time when fiber optic cables can send HD movies and high-quality audio to our computers in minutes. But according to AOL’s second-quarter earnings report Wednesday, more than 2.5 million people still subscribe to the Internet company’s services. That represents a drop of 15 percent from the same quarter last year, but it’s still a hefty portion of the country. There are roughly 114 million households in the United States. Do a bit of math, and that works out to roughly 2.2 percent. 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.”)

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