2.5 million New Broadband Subscribers in Q3; Cable 28M vs. DSL 23M

The top 20 largest cable and telephone providers in the US, which represent about 94% of the broadband market, added over 2.5 million net broadband subscribers in the third quarter of 2006, according to Leichtman Research Group (LRG). About 7.7 million net broadband subscribers have been added through the first three quarters of 2006. 

These top 20 broadband providers now account for nearly 50.9 million high-speed Internet subscribers – with the top 10 cable companies accounting for over 28.1 million broadband subscribers, and the top 10 telephone companies having 22.7 million DSL and other broadband subscribers.

Broadband Internet Provider Subscribers at End of 3Q 2006 Net Adds in 3Q 2006
Cable Companies
Comcast* 11,000,000 536,000
Time Warner* 6,398,000 251,000
Cox** 3,200,000 75,000
Charter* 2,343,200 88,100
Cablevision 1,963,880 72,438
Insight 579,700 45,200
Mediacom 544,000 28,000
Cable One 276,434 15,172
RCN 269,000 12,000
Other Major Private Cable Companies*** 1,575,000 80,000
Total Top Cable 28,149,214 1,202,910
Telephone Companies^
AT&T 8,148,000 374,000
Verizon 6,573,000 448,000
Bell South 3,449,000 176,000
Qwest 1,973,000 175,000
Embarq 993,000 84,000
Windstream^^ 603,114 55,268
Covad 531,648 (16,341)
CenturyTel 340,000 27,147
Cincinnati Bell 187,700 11,200
Total Top Telephone Companies 22,738,462 1,334,274
Total Broadband 50,887,676 2,537,184
Sources: The Companies and Leichtman Research Group, Inc.
* Totals reflect pro forma results from system sales and acquisitions
** LRG estimate
*** Includes LRG estimates for Bright House and Suddenlink
^ Total includes DSL and wireline broadband connections
^^ Windstream was formed in July through the spinoff from Alltel and merger with Valor Communications
Top cable and telephone companies represent approximately 94% of all subscribers
Company subscriber counts may not represent solely residential households

 

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