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09.08.2008
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
U.S. broadband growth slows, says LRG

The 20 biggest U.S. cable TV and telephone providers — representing about 94 percent of the market — gained 887,000 net additional high-speed Internet subscribers in the second quarter of 2008, according to Leichtman Research Group.

These broadband providers now account for 65.1 million subscribers, 35.3 million of whom subscribe to cable broadband services and 29.7 million to telephone company broadband services.

Other broadband findings for the quarter include:

  • The top cable companies added more than 670,000 subscribers, representing 76 percent of the net broadband additions for the quarter vs. the top telephone companies.
  • Overall, broadband additions in the second quarter of 2008 amounted to 51 percent of those in the same quarter last year, with cable having 85 percent as many additions as a year ago and telcos having 23 percent.
  • The top cable broadband providers have a 54 percent share of the overall market, with a 5.6 million subscriber advantage over the top telephone companies.

Broadband Internet Provider

Subscribers at End of 2Q 2008

Net Adds in 2Q 2008

Cable Companies

Comcast

14,357,000

279,000

Time Warner

8,125,000

201,000

Cox*

3,885,000

40,000

Charter

2,787,300

19,300

Cablevision

2,395,000

52,000

Mediacom

702,000

14,000

Insight

424,600

12,400

CableONE

361,269

4,726

RCN

295,000

4,000

Other Major Private Cable Companies**

2,000,000

45,000

Total Top Cable

35,332,169

671,426

Telephone Companies

AT&T

14,693,000

46,000

Verizon^

8,330,000

54,000

Qwest

2,732,000

31,000

Embarq

1,364,000

24,000

Windstream

934,300

23,300

CenturyTel

607,000

21,000

Frontier^^

559,300

16,280

FairPoint^^^

294,412

(1,166)

Cincinnati Bell

229,000

1,100

Total Top Telephone Companies

29,743,102

215,514

Total Broadband

65,075,184

886,940

Sources: The companies and Leichtman Research Group
* LRG estimate
** Includes LRG estimates for BrightHouse Networks, and Suddenlink
^ No longer includes Northern New England properties now part of FairPoint Communications Corporation
^^ Citizens Communications Company has changed its name to Frontier Communications Corporation
^^^ FairPoint Communications added to the list this quarter
Totals reflect pro forma results from system sales and acquisitions.
Top cable and telephone companies represent about 94 percent of all subscribers.
Company subscriber counts may not represent solely residential households.

For more information, visit: http://www.leichtmanresearch.com/press/081108release.html.



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