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Under 650,000 Add Broadband in the Second Quarter of 2009

Quarterly Net Broadband Adds the Fewest in Years

Durham, NH August 17, 2009 Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) found that the nineteen largest cable and telephone providers in the US -- representing about 93% of the market -- acquired 634,000 net additional high-speed Internet subscribers in the second quarter of 2009. Net broadband additions in the quarter were the fewest of any quarter in the eight years LRG has been tracking the industry.

Other broadband findings for the quarter include:

  • The top phone companies added about 385,000 subscribers, representing 61% of the net broadband additions for the quarter versus the top cable companies
  • Overall, broadband additions in 2Q 2009 amounted to 71% of those in 2Q 2008 -- with Telcos having 178% as many additions as a year ago, and cable 37% as many adds as a year ago
  • The top broadband providers now account for 69.9 million subscribers -- with cable companies having 38 million broadband subscribers, and telephone companies having about 31.9 million subscribers
  • The top cable broadband providers have a 54% share of the overall market

"The second quarter has proven to be traditionally weak for broadband growth, but with the market becoming more mature, broadband adds further waned in 2Q 2009," said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc. "In a reverse of last year's second quarter, when cable operators got three-quarters of the net broadband adds, Telcos earned over 60% of the broadband net adds in 2Q 2009."

Broadband Internet Provider Subscribers at End of 2Q 2009 Net Adds in 2Q 2009
Cable Companies
Comcast 15,322,000 64,000
Time Warner 9,046,000 94,000
Cox* 4,110,000 30,000
Charter 2,957,700 10,600
Cablevision 2,845,000 30,000
Mediacom 754,000 6,000
Insight 481,500 3,000
Cable ONE 386,472 371
RCN 307,000 1,000
Other Major Private Cable Companies** 2,137,500 22,500
Total Top Cable 38,005,172 249,471
Telephone Companies
AT&T 15,548,000 112,000
Verizon 9,111,000 186,000
Qwest 2,923,000 34,000
CenturyLink^ 2,145,200 28,200
Windstream 1,024,600 14,900
Frontier 613,810 13,763
FairPoint 296,107 (4,775)
Cincinnati Bell 235,400 400
Total Top Telephone Companies 31,897,117 384,488
Total Broadband 69,902,289 633,959
Sources: The Companies and Leichtman Research Group, Inc.
* LRG estimate
** Includes LRG estimates for BrightHouse Networks, and Suddenlink
^ On July 1, 2009 CenturyTel and Embarq merged to form CenturyLink
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

In related broadband research, LRG's analysis of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) July 2009 report "High Speed Services for Internet Access: Status as of June 30, 2008" found that:

  • The top five states in residential broadband penetration as of mid-2008 were New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Hawaii, and California
  • The bottom five states in residential broadband penetration were Mississippi, West Virginia, Alabama, New Mexico, and Montana
  • 89% of cable broadband lines had speeds of over 2.5 mbps in the fastest direction -- compared to 46% of Telco's combined DSL and fiber lines

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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