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High-Speed Internet Subscribers Revved in 2004

  |  July 8, 2005   |  Comments

High-speed Internet subscriptions increased to 37.9 million in 2004.

High-speed Internet connections reached 37.9 million subscribers in the U.S. last year, according to a report released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Ninety-nine percent of the U.S. population is now able to subscribe to broadband, according the study.

Twice a year, the FCC collects data on the number of high-speed connections from broadband providers with at least 250 high-speed lines in a state. Broadband is divided into two classifications. High-speed lines deliver services at speeds exceeding 200 Kbps (define) in at least one direction. Advanced services lines deliver services at speeds exceeding 200 Kbps for both download and upload streams.

The 2004 calendar year saw a 34 percent increase in broadband subscribers for residential, small and larger business accounts. The second half of the year experienced a slightly higher conversion rate of 17 percent. The first half of 2004 generated 15 percent overall growth.

"It is certainly growing, and growing strongly," Jupiter Research analyst Joseph Laszlo told ClickZ Stats. "Growth is strong, but we don't see a trend in growth over time. It's going to be harder to sustain high percentage growth rates over time."

Broadband is available to 99 percent of the U.S. population. The FCC found more than one service provider is present in 83 percent of the nation's Zip codes.

High-speed increases broken down by delivery method from the first to the second-half of 2004 break down to a 21 percent increase in ADSL subscribers, a 15 percent rise in coaxial cable subscribers, a nine percent increase in fiber or powerline delivery, 30 percent in satellite or wireless, and a four percent increase in other wireline means.

Advanced service lines also experienced growth from the first half of the year to the next. ADSL delivery increased by 51 percent, coaxial cable grew by 15 percent, fiber and powerline increased nine percent, satellite and wireless went up by 30 percent, and other wireline by four percent.

High-Speed Services for Internet Access
High-Speed Lines
Technology Type 2003 2004 Percent Changed
June Dec. June Dec. Dec. 2003 -
June 2004
Dec. 2003 -
June 2004
ADSL 7,675,114 9,509,442 11,398,199 13,817,280 20 21
Other wireline 1,215,713 1,305,070 1,407,121 1,468,566 8 4
Coaxial cable 13,684,225 16,446,322 18,592,636 21,357,400 13 15
Fiber or powerline 575,613 602,197 638,812 697,779 6 9
Satellite or wireless 309,006 367,118 421,690 549,621 15 30
Total lines 23,459,671 28,230,149 32,458,458 37,890,646 15 17
Advanced Service Lines
Technology Type 2003 2004 Percent Changed
June Dec. June Dec. Dec. 2003 -
June 2004
Dec. 2003 -
June 2004
ADSL 2,536,368 3,037,474 3,768,019 5,695,548 24 51
Other wireline 1,215,713 1,305,070 1,407,121 1,468,566 8 4
Coaxial cable 11,935,866 15,327,247 17,567,468 20,891,624 15 19
Fiber or powerline 575,057 601,441 637,520 695,253 6 9
Satellite or wireless 64,393 73,222 93,805 106,616 28 14
Total lines 16,327,396 20,344,453 23,473,932 28,857,608 15 23
Note: Figures may not add to totals due to rounding.
Source: Federal Communications Commission, 2005

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