Summary:

Comcast added almost half of all new broadband subscribers in 2013, followed distantly by Verizon. While cable companies are still grabbing most new subscribers, telcos are gaining a bit of ground thanks to fiber deployments.

Comcast took the lion’s share of new broadband subscriber additions in 2013 proving that the largest provider has a clear advantage over its smaller counterparts. According to data out this morning from the Leichtman Research Group, the seventeen largest cable and telephone providers in the U.S. – representing about 93 percent of the market – acquired over 2.6 million net additional high-speed Internet subscribers in 2013. That’s slightly less than the net adds from 2012.

Comcast added about 1.3 million broadband subscribers in 2013 – accounting for 49 percent of the total net additions for all providers in the year. On the telco side, Verizon added the most new subscribers with 220,000 new subs, or a bit less than 10 percent of the total net adds. Most of the net adds — 82 percent — came from the cable companies, although it appears that thanks to new fiber-to-the-home and fiber-to-the-node deployments, telcos did get a greater percentage of the new additions in 2013 compared to 2012.

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