U.S. Broadband Use Soars
August 18th, 2006
High-speed Internet subscriptions are soaring as more than 50.2 million lines were added in the United States in 2005 – a jump of 33% over the previous year, according to the Federal Communications Commission.
Figures for 2006 also indict the trend is continuing as the Pew Internet & American Life Project reports that an estimated 42% of Americans had high-speed Internet access at home in March 2006. That was up from 30% of Americans with high-speed access one year earlier, according to an article from Reuters news service.
The FCC also reports that more consumers signed up for digital subscriber line service from telephone companies than cable modem service providers, states the report from Reuters.
DSL subscriptions rose to 5.7 million lines in 2005, in comparison to cable companies’ 4.2 million new subscribers, according to FCC figures cited in the article.
The United States is ranked 12th in the world for broadband subscribers behind countries including Iceland, South Korea and Japan, according to Reuters, citing figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.