If you had been using a 300 bit per second (bps) modem, then switched to a 1200 bps unit, as so many users did a few years ago, you were probably impressed with the changes you saw. Transmissions that formerly swept slowly across lines of text at 300 bps began producing those lines at heartbeat rates. With 2400 bps modems the text appeared even more rapidly, but that was by no means the upper limit of data transmission speeds from personal computers. Today, modems are available to pump out data at rates of 9600 bps, and faster.
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