[opendtv] Cable 'Net Biz Booming

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  • Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2004 07:50:12 -0500


Cable 'Net Biz Booming

By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/22/2004 2:33:00 PM

Cable continues to grow its internet access business, according to a 
just-released report from the FCC.

According to the report, which looked at high-speed internet 
connections for the first six months of 2004, high-speed cable modem 
service was up 2.2 million connections, or 13%, over the preceding 
six months--from 16.4 million to 18.6 million.

  That is less than the 15% average boost for all Internet 
connections-to a total of 32 million lines, but cable still has the 
lion's share, with ADSL connections at 11.4 million, up 20% over the 
previous six months.

The other 2.5 million broadband connections--dial-up is excluded 
since it is not broadband--were spread among satellite, wireless, and 
high-speed fiber.

That was down from the 2.7 million, or 20%, boost for the previous 
six months, however (from 13.7 to 16.4).

Still, the percentages are likely to decrease as the raw numbers get 
bigger (adding one to one is a 100% increase, while adding the next 
one is only a 50% boost, etc.). And looked at another way, the 
increase for the 12 months ending June 30, 2004, was 39% over the 
previous 12 months.

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