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1.4 Million Add Broadband in the First Quarter of 2010

73 Million Get Broadband from Top Cable and Telephone Companies

Durham, NH -- May 12, 2010 -- Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) found that the nineteen largest cable and telephone providers in the US -- representing about 93% of the market -- acquired over 1.4 million net additional high-speed Internet subscribers in the first quarter of 2010. These top broadband providers now account for over 73 million subscribers -- with cable companies having 40.2 million broadband subscribers, and telephone companies having nearly 32.9 million subscribers.

Other broadband findings for the quarter include:

  • The top cable companies added over 915,000 subscribers, representing 65% of the net broadband additions for the quarter versus the top telephone companies
  • Overall, broadband additions in 1Q 2010 amounted to 86% of those in 1Q 2009 -- with cable having 108% as many additions as a year ago, and Telcos 63% as many additions as a year ago
  • The top cable broadband providers have a 55% share of the overall market, with a 7.3 million subscriber advantage over the top telephone companies -- compared to 6.4 million a year ago

"Net broadband additions in 1Q 2010 were over 500,000 more than in 4Q 2009, and the most since the first quarter of 2009," said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc. "Cable providers had a particularly strong quarter. With more than 900,000 net broadband additions, the top cable companies combined to have their best quarter since 1Q 2008."

Broadband Internet Provider Subscribers at End of 1Q 2010 Net Adds in 1Q 2010
Cable Companies
Comcast 16,329,000 399,000
Time Warner 9,510,000 221,000
Cox* 4,250,000 50,000
Charter 3,166,000 103,700
Cablevision 2,610,000 42,700
Mediacom 804,000 26,000
Insight 516,300 14,800
Cable ONE 405,311 12,479
RCN 315,000 3,000
Other Major Private Cable Companies** 2,280,000 45,000
Total Top Cable 40,185,611 916,979
Telephone Companies
AT&T 16,044,000 255,000
Verizon 9,310,000 90,000
Qwest^ 2,852,000 40,000
CenturyLink 2,306,000 70,000
Windstream 1,167,900 35,800
Frontier 644,060 8,113
FairPoint* 295,000 0
Cincinnati Bell 247,600 3,600
Total Top Telephone Companies 32,866,560 502,512
Total Broadband 73,052,171 1,419,492
Sources: The Companies and Leichtman Research Group, Inc.
* LRG estimate
** Includes LRG estimates for BrightHouse Networks and Suddenlink
^ Qwest now excludes business and wholesale markets customers from broadband subscriber totals
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
Company subscriber counts may not represent solely residential households

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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