Thursday, March 20, 2008

USA - broadband

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High-Speed Connections to the Internet Increased by 22% in the First Half of 2007

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today released
new data on high-speed connections to the Internet in the United States. Twice a year, all
facilities-based broadband providers are required to report to the Commission basic information
about their service offerings and types of customers pursuant to the FCC’s local telephone
competition and broadband data gathering program (FCC Form 477). Statistics released today
reflect data as of June 30, 2007.

High-speed lines increased by 22% during the first half of 2007, from 82.8 million to
100.9 million lines in service, following a 27% increase, from 65.3 million to 82.8
million lines, during the second half of 2006. For the full twelve-month period
ending June 30, 2007, high-speed lines increased by 55% from 65.3 million to 100.9
million (or 35.7 million lines) compared to a 54% increase, from 42.5 million to 65.3
million lines (or 22.8 million lines), in the twelve-month period ending June 30, 2006.

Of the 100.9 million total high-speed lines reported as of June 30, 2007, 65.9 million
served primarily residential end users. Cable modem service represented 50.6% of
these lines while 37.5% were asymmetric DSL (ADSL) connections, 0.2% were
symmetric DSL (SDSL) or traditional wireline connections, 1.7% were fiber
connections to the end user premises, and 10.0% used other types of technology
including satellite, terrestrial fixed or mobile wireless (on a licensed or unlicensed
basis), and electric power line.

High-speed ADSL increased by 2.1 million lines during the first half of 2007, fiber
connections increased by 0.4 million lines, and cable modem service increased by 2.4
million lines. For the full twelve-month period ending June 30, 2007, ADSL
increased by 4.9 million lines, fiber connections increased by 0.7 million lines, and
cable modem service increased by 5.2 million lines.

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