Agency reports that high-speed lines for Internet topped 50 million at end of year and 85% were in homes. And, in second half of the year, DSL growth was faster than cable growth.
The data is six months old, but it confirms that America is rapidly becoming a broadband nation.
The FCC reported today that the number of high-speed lines grew 33% in 2005 from 37.9 million to 50.2 million. And, of the broadband hookups, 42.9 million or 85% “served primarily residential end users.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â By contrast, according to Nielsen Media Research, 110.2 million homes have TV.
Most of the growth in high-speed lines came in the second half of the year. For the six months ending Dec. 31, penetration grew 18% as telephone and cable companies added 7.8 million new lines.
Cable modem service accounted for 57.5% of the residential lines, while 40.5% were asymmetric DSL (ADSL) connections, 0.3% were symmetric DSL (SDSL) or traditional wireline connections, 0.5% were fiber connections, and 1.2% used other types of technology.
For the first time since the FCC began tracking broadband connections, the increase in ADSL lines exceeded the increase in cable modem connections in the second half of 2005. ADSL increased by 3.2 million lines compared to an increase of 1.6 million lines for cable.