5.4m add broadband from top telcos

Leichtman Research Group (LRG) has found that the twenty largest cable and telephone providers in the US – representing about 94 per cent of the market – acquired over 5.4 million net additional high-speed Internet subscribers in 2008.

Annual net broadband additions were down compared to the 8.5 million in 2007, and the peak of 10.4 million in 2006, and were the fewest in the seven years that LRG has tracked the broadband industry. The top broadband providers now account for nearly 67.7 million subscribers with cable companies having 36.9 million broadband subscribers and telephone companies having 30.7 million subscriber

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