Big-City Broadband Growing At High Speed

Big-City Broadband Growing At High Speed

Dick Kelsey

The fast pace of big-city life shows up in urbanites’ movement toward high-speed Internet access at home, Nielsen//NetRatings said today.

Sixty percent of the 20 largest cities in the U.S. show at-home broadband population growth of more than 50 percent for the year ending April 30, according to the audience-measurement service.

Half of those cities saw the high-speed subscriber count more than double, and broadband growth in one city – Hartford, Conn. – nearly quadrupled, Nielsen reported.

“While some barriers exist to broadband expansion such as increasing costs, there is healthy room for additional growth and adoption of broadband,” NetRatings analyst T.S. Kelly said in a news release.

Overall, 25.2 million home users last month surfed the Internet by cable modem, DSL (digital subscriber line), ISDN (integrated services digital network) or LAN (local area network) compared to 15.9 million April 2001, a 58 percent rise.

The high-speed set in the nation’s No. 1 population center, New York, jumped 71 percent to nearly 2.8 million, while Los Angeles grew faster – 88 percent to 1.8 million. Boston’s growth was 48 percent, tech-rich San Francisco showed an increase of just 21 percent while Philadelphia, the nation’s fifth-largest city, saw its broadband population jump by just shy of 70 percent.

Hartford, Conn., recorded growth of 198 percent, Baltimore’s high-speed count jumped 174 percent, the Washington, D.C., broadband population rose 153 percent, Orlando, Fla. recorded a 183-percent jump and Sacramento, Calif., gained nearly 118 percent.

Growth in Chicago was just under 13 percent, in Dallas it was 12 Percent. Detroit was the only top 20 city showing single-digit broadband growth with 8 percent.

Reported by Newsbytes.com, http://www.newsbytes.com

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