Intelligence From The Broadband Economy

Intelligence From The Broadband Economy

Kevin Fitchard

Byline: Kevin Fitchard

The total number of dial-up subscribers leveled out in 2003 and is expected to start dropping this year as broadband takes hold of the U.S. populace, according to TIA’s 2004 Telecommunications Review and Forecast. That finding doesn’t seem shocking, but it signifies that for the first time the Internet community’s growth in the U.S. is being led by broadband. Within that race, cable modem service is still leading the way. With cable’s faster speeds and more overall subscribers, its subscribers spend more time on the Internet and access more information per hour than DSL customers, according to the study. But DSL is bound to become more competitive. Not only is its technology improving, but prices are rapidly dropping, especially on the residential side. According to TIA’s study, average monthly consumer DSL subscriber revenues will drop by $8 from 2003 to 2007, while revenues from business subscribers will remain steady.

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