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Cable and telephone companies added a scant 336,000 net broadband subscriptions during the second quarter, according to the Leichtman Research Group: the lowest amount in the nine years that the analyst firm has tracked such additions. Telcos were the big losers as cable tromped DSL.

Cable and telephone companies added a scant 336,000 net broadband subscriptions during the second quarter, according to the Leichtman Research Group: the lowest amount in the nine years that the analyst firm has tracked such additions. This isn’t a surprise, as the broadband market is mature, with most homes who want it already signed up for it. The holdouts attribute their reluctance to zip down the information super highway to affordability, disinterest or an inability to get service.

If the U.S. wants more folks to get broadband (and the president and the FCC do), prices will need to drop for the access and the equipment, disinterested parties will have to find a reason to subscribe, and the government or ISPs will have to expand broadband availability for the rest of the country. The data also underscores how telcos are losing broadband subscribers to cable companies, as Om pointed out two weeks ago.

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  1. [...] the list of IT and mobile communication development and I am happy to live here for that reason. Today about 85% of the Swedes have high-speed broadband at home. I have fibre LAN with 100/100 mbit speed and I pay $35 a month. Pretty good [...]

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  2. I had broadband and I want it back, the downside of building a home away from the city (for better schools, better family living…) It’ll be interesting to see whether Frontier or Comcast will move to cover the area first (given all the tech company employees and biz professionals who live in the area).

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  3. [...] In case you want to know, at the end of June 2010, there were about 73.5 million broadband subscribers, according to the Leichtman Research [...]

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  4. [...] Whether it’s needed for Wi-Fi for your iPhone ( s aapl) or you simply like to watch streaming Netflix, the demand for broadband connections was on an upswing according to research firm the Leichtman Group.  During the third quarter of 2010, top U.S. cable and phone companies added about 818,000 new connections, up sharply from mere 350,000 connections added during the second quarter of 2010. [...]

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  5. [...] the third quarter of 2010, top U.S. cable and phone companies added about 818,000 new connections, up sharply from a mere 350,000 connections added during the second quarter of 2010. [...]

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