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Study Sees Big Broadband Gains

Broadband will soon pass dial-up as the predominant way of accessing the Internet in the U.S., according to a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Released last week. the study predicts that the number of American broadband homes will soar from 32.5 million at the end of last year to 62 million by 2009 while the number of dial-up households will drop from 42.8 million to 31 million over the same period. PricewaterhouseCoopers projects that broadband providers will add about 6.5 million residential subscribers this year to close 2005 with 39 million customers. The FCC reported last week that broadband providers added 9.3 million high-speed lines serving residential and small-business subscribers in 2004 to end the year with 35.3 million. Cable operators finished the year with 21.4 million high-speed data lines, up 5 million for the year, while DSL providers closed out 2004 with 13.8 million lines, up 4.3 million for the year.
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