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3.4 Million Added Broadband from Top Cable and Telephone Companies in 2010

75.1 Million Get Broadband from Top Cable and Telephone Companies

Durham, NH March 2, 2011 -- Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) found that the nineteen largest cable and telephone providers in the US -- representing about 93% of the market -- acquired 3.4 million net additional high-speed Internet subscribers in 2010. Annual net broadband additions in 2010 were 83% of the total in 2009.

The top broadband providers now account for 75.1 million subscribers -- with cable companies having over 41.5 million broadband subscribers, and telephone companies having over 33.5 million subscribers.

Other key findings for the quarter include:

  • The top cable companies netted 68% of the broadband additions in 2010
  • The top cable companies added 2.3 million broadband subscribers in 2010 -- 98% of the total net additions for the top cable companies in 2009
  • The top telephone providers added 1.1 million broadband subscribers in 2010 -- 62% of the total net additions for the top telephone companies in 2009
  • In the fourth quarter of 2010, cable and telephone providers added 840,000 broadband subscribers -- with cable companies adding about 515,000 subscribers and phone companies adding about 325,000 subscribers in the quarter

"At the end of 2010, the top broadband providers in the US cumulatively had over 75 million subscribers," said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc. "Despite an increasingly high level of broadband penetration, the top broadband providers still added 83% as many subscribers in 2010 as in 2009."

Broadband Internet Provider Subscribers at End of 4Q 2010 Net Adds in 2010
Cable Companies
Comcast 16,988,000 1,058,000
Time Warner 9,803,000 515,000
Cox* 4,370,000 170,000
Charter 3,246,100 206,700
Cablevision^ 2,653,000 85,000
Mediacom 838,000 60,000
Suddenlink* 828,000 76,200
Insight* 527,000 25,500
Cable ONE 425,402 32,570
Other Major Private Cable Companies** 1,870,000 73,100
Total Top Cable 41,548,502 2,302,070
Telephone Companies
AT&T 16,310,000 521,000
Verizon 8,392,000 232,000
Qwest 2,914,000 102,000
CenturyLink 2,394,000 158,000
Frontier 1,697,167 665
Windstream 1,302,500 79,300
FairPoint* 288,500 (6,500)
Cincinnati Bell 252,300 8,300
Total Top Telephone Companies 33,550,867 1,094,765
Total Broadband 75,099,369 3,396,835
Sources: The Companies and Leichtman Research Group, Inc.
* LRG estimate
** Includes LRG estimates for Bright House Networks, and RCN
^ Does not include subscribers from the Bresnan acquisition
Company subscriber counts may not represent solely residential households
Totals reflect pro forma results from system sales and acquisitions
Top cable and telephone companies represent approximately 93% of all subscribers

About Leichtman Research Group, Inc.

Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) specializes in research and analysis on broadband, media and entertainment industries. LRG combines on-going surveys and analysis with years of hands-on industry experience to provide companies with a richer understanding of the potential impact and adoption of new products and services. For more information about LRG, please call (603) 397-5400 or visit www.LeichtmanResearch.com.

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