Report Shows US Broadband Rates Up 28%

Posted by at 3:13 pm on February 9, 2010

US residential broadband speeds continue to increase, albeit at a slower rate than in 2008. Between year-end 2008 and year-end 2009, downstream bandwidth rose by 28%, reports In-Stat.

“Today’s broadband service subscriber is becoming increasingly aware of the capabilities, and the limitations, of their broadband connection,” says Mike Paxton, In-Stat analyst. “More and more broadband subscribers know the speed of their broadband connections-”or at least they know the speed claims made by their broadband service provider.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • The average downstream speed of a US broadband connection is 7.12Mbps.
  • Broadband speed increases were most dramatic among cable modem and fixed wireless subscribers. The broadband speed increase among cable modem subscribers was about double that of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) subscribers.
  • More than one quarter of survey respondents also had a mobile wireless broadband connection in addition to their wired broadband connection.

The research, “US Residential Broadband Speeds Accelerat”(#IN1004669MBS), covers the US market for broadband. It includes:

  • Analysis of an In-Stat US consumer survey on broadband service.
  • Details on the type of broadband access technology (i.e., cable modem, DSL, FTTH, etc.) being used.
  • Service providers used by respondents.
  • The download and upload speeds of subscribers’ broadband connections.
  • How much they are paying for broadband service.

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