US will have 62 percent broadband penetration by 2010

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Nearly 71 million households in the United States will have broadband access by 2010, a new study by Forrester Research predicts. Last year US had 29% broadband penetration. More @ News.com

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Jesse Kopelman

Estragon is correct. Om, in the rural US a T1 still costs $1,500 a month and your only alternative is some mom and pop fixed wireless concern that is a bargain at $90/month. The whole “last mile” thing has become something of a misnomer. There is about 25% of the population that live more than a mile away from the edge of current network. It also just so happens that these people, who it will cost a lot of money to build the network out to reach, tend not to match the profile corporate accountants have developed for ideal broadband customers.

Estragon

But the rural broadband problem isn’t price as much as availability. It’s going to take an enormous price decline to make a T1 line affordable to the residential user.

Om Malik

given the price declines in recent months and continuing trend towards that, it is pretty clear that dial-up is going the way of my beloved yankees… down down down

Estragon

That’s great if you are in one of the 71 million households. How many will still be using dialup because it is the only affordable option?

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