dpd1 - 12:17 am on Feb 27, 2010 (gmt 0)
Most people that are tech savvy live in larger cities. But I think a lot of people would be surprised how low tech many rural areas still are in parts of the country. As mentioned already, they aren't going to spend millions on infrastructure to bring high speed to a handful of homes per square mile, and that's what you have (or worse) in many areas. I have relatives that are farmers, and they still had a "party line" into the 90's.
But I think saying everybody should bring their site down to the lowest common denominator, just because a small percentage of people still have a slow connection... isn't really the answer. I'm not going to penalize the other majority of people with over compression, small photos, and a boring site, just to make the minority more happy.