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Nearly 4.1 million new subscribers signed up for broadband from the 19 largest cable and telephone providers in the U.S. in 2009, according to Durham, N.H.-based Leichtman Research Group. These 19 service providers account for about 93 percent (about 71.8 million subscribers) of the total U.S. market. Annual net broadband additions in 2009 were 75 percent of the 2008 total, when these same carriers added about 5.4 million subscribers.
Here are excerpts from the report:
* The top cable companies netted 57 percent of the broadband additions in 2009 and added 2.3 million broadband subscribers.
* The top telephone providers added over 1.7 million broadband subscribers.
* In the fourth quarter of 2009, cable and telephone providers added 890,000 broadband subscribers -– with cable companies adding about 580,000 subscribers and phone companies adding about 310,000 subscribers.