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Net Broadband Adds were the Most in any Year Since 2010

Durham, NH -- March 11, 2016 -- Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) found that the seventeen largest cable and telephone providers in the US -- representing about 94% of the market -- acquired more than 3.1 million net additional high-speed Internet subscribers in 2015. Annual net broadband additions in 2015 were 104% of the total in 2014, and the most net adds in any year since 2010.

Other broadband findings include:

  • The top cable companies netted 106% of the broadband additions in 2015 -- compared to 89% in 2014, and 82% in 2013
    • The top cable companies added 3.3 million broadband subscribers in 2015 -- 124% of the total net additions for the top cable companies in 2014, and the most net adds for cable in any year since 2008
  • The top telephone companies lost about 185,000 subscribers in 2015 -- the first year ever for net Telco broadband subscriber losses
    • AT&T and Verizon added 1,481,000 subscribers via U-verse and FiOS in 2015, while having a net loss of 1,708,000 DSL subscribers
  • In 4Q 2015, the top broadband providers added about 950,000 subscribers -- compared to about 765,000 in 4Q 2014
    • The top cable companies added about 1,000,000 subscribers in 4Q 2015, while Telcos lost about 50,000 subscribers
    • Cable broadband adds in 4Q 2015 were similar to 1Q 2015, with the previous high being in 1Q 2008

"The top cable and Telco broadband providers in the US cumulatively now account for nearly 90.5 million subscribers in the US, yet the industry added more broadband subscribers in 2015 than in any year since 2010," said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc. "The number of broadband subscribers in the US continues to increase, with the top broadband providers adding more than 6.1 million net broadband subscribers over the past two years, and cable companies accounting for 97% of these net adds."

Broadband Internet Subscribers at End
of 2015
Net Adds in
Cable Companies
Comcast 23,329,000 1,367,000
Time Warner Cable 13,313,000 1,060,000
Charter 5,572,000 497,000
Cablevision 2,809,000 49,000
Mediacom 1,085,000 72,000
WOW (WideOpenWest) 712,500 (15,300)
Cable ONE 501,241 12,787
Other Major Private Cable Companies* 7,945,000 260,900
Total Top Cable 55,266,741 3,303,387
Telephone Companies
AT&T 15,778,000 (250,000)
Verizon 9,228,000 23,000
CenturyLink 6,048,000 (34,000)
Frontier^ 2,444,000 101,500
Windstream 1,095,100 (36,500)
FairPoint 311,130 (8,785)
Cincinnati Bell 287,400 17,500
Total Top Telephone Companies 35,191,630 (187,285)
Total Broadband 90,458,371 3,116,102

Sources: The Companies and Leichtman Research Group, Inc.
* Includes LRG estimates for Cox and Bright House Networks, and Suddenlink in 4Q 2015
^ LRG estimate, does not include wireless subscribers
Company subscriber counts may not represent solely residential households
Net additions reflect pro forma results from system sales and acquisitions, and reporting adjustments
Top cable and telephone companies represent approximately 94% of all subscribers

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