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89.5 Million Get Broadband from Top Cable and Telephone Companies

Durham, NH -- November 17, 2015 -- Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) found that the seventeen largest cable and telephone providers in the US -- representing about 94% of the market -- acquired about 645,000 net additional high-speed Internet subscribers in the third quarter of 2015. These top broadband providers now account for 89.5 million subscribers -- with top cable companies having nearly 54.3 million broadband subscribers, and top telephone companies having over 35.2 million subscribers.

Other broadband findings for the quarter include:

  • Overall, broadband additions in 3Q 2015 amounted to 92% of those in 3Q 2014
  • The top cable companies added about 790,000 broadband subscribers in 3Q 2015, representing 134% of the net additions for the top cable companies in 3Q 2014
  • The top telephone companies lost about 140,000 broadband subscribers in 3Q 2015 -- compared to a gain of about 110,000 in 3Q 2014
    • AT&T and Verizon added 305,000 subscribers via U-verse and FiOS in 3Q 2015, while having a net loss of 432,000 DSL subscribers
  • In the first three quarters of 2015, cable companies added about 2,300,000 broadband subscribers, while Telcos lost about 130,000 subscribers

"While major providers now account for nearly 90 million broadband subscribers in the US, top cable providers added subscribers at a faster pace over the past year than they did over the prior year," said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc. "Over the past year, cable companies accounted for 103% of the 2.93 million net broadband additions."

Broadband Internet Subscribers at End
of 3Q 2015
Net Adds in
3Q 2015
Cable Companies
Comcast 22,868,000 320,000
Time Warner Cable 13,016,000 246,000
Charter 5,441,000 147,000
Cablevision 2,784,000 3,000
Suddenlink 1,202,400 21,600
Mediacom 1,067,000 16,000
WOW (WideOpenWest) 712,300 (800)
Cable ONE 496,865 (171)
Other Major Private Cable Companies** 6,675,000 35,000
Total Top Cable 54,262,565 787,629
Telephone Companies
AT&T 15,832,000 (129,000)
Verizon 9,223,000 2,000
CenturyLink 6,071,000 (37,000)
Frontier^ 2,415,500 27,000
Windstream 1,109,600 (11,200)
FairPoint^^ 313,982 (1,338)
Cincinnati Bell 281,300 6,200
Total Top Telephone Companies 35,246,382 (143,338)
Total Broadband 89,508,947 644,291

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

About Leichtman Research Group, Inc.

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