Over 50% of Americans use broadband

By on April 20, 2004, 4:56 AM
Broadband is gaining acceptance at a very fast rate. According to a new study released earlier this week by the non-profit Pew Internet & American Life Project, over 50% of Internet users in the United States use broadband, either at home or work, they enjoy of high-speed net access.

On a related note, seems like DSL is quickly taking over cable providers, DSL now claims a 42% share of the home broadband market, up from 28% a year ago.




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---agissi--- said:
Seems opposite here.Defently seems more people have dialup, and more people have cable than DSL.
Phantasm66 said:
You know I am sure I saw something on Slashdot or the Register about there being 40% or so of internet users in USA who were happy with dialup and had no plans to change.On the other hand... my MUM finally got broadband, and I never thought I would see that day, so...
OS samurai said:
I love my broadband connection 3270 down & 240 up Cable connection , I would hate to have to go back to dial up:DI got the results from here [url]http://www.dslreports.com/speedtests/3349369;246209;9c6
2b87d88f91eb3e4e6d84078a3bac;3.0;[url]www.dslreports.com/1
82500919[/url][/url]I have had a BB connection for 4 yeras now:D
BrownPaper said:
os samauri your connection is twice as fast as my connection. lucky bastard! ;)
me(who else?) said:
I got the same as OS Samurai. I got cable internet here in Canada, but it's pretty expensive.
OS samurai said:
BrownPaper,yeah I guess I am all for $46 a month 8)
Supra said:
I recently switched from 384k/384k dsl to cable. I've had dsl for around 2 years and it was the only broadband available up until january when my cable company finally became an isp. I like dsl but the download speed cap was too low for me. Now with cable i'm only rated at 256k upload and when I run speed tests I get this [URL=http://www.dslreports.com/speedtests/5741776;241400;757
cfa1e50f7718737a7e3ac060eb02;2.0;msp.speakeasy.net/1082526
23]DSL reports speed test[/URL] dsl cost me $40 a month, now i pay $32.95 for cable. I cant complain:D
MrGaribaldi said:
Not too disappointed with those speeds considering California is on the other side of the world...[url]http://www.dslreports.com/archive/uio.no[/url]A
d yes, all three tests are mine, as I wanted to see hwo it changed from server to server
olefarte said:
I just upgraded my DSL from 512/256, to 1536/256, (actual, 1265/212). I was feeling pretty good about it till I read the speeds you guys are getting, but that's the max I can get in my area. Cable, where I live, is not nearly that fast.
olefarte said:
As far as speed tests go, I use all the usual tests, like DSL Reports, but my favorite way is to use [url=http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/network/nsl.ht
]NetStat Live[/url], or [url=http://www.net-peeker.com/]NetPeeker[/url] to check my speeds. I go to [url=http://broadbandnuts.com/]DSLnuts/Cablenuts[/url] and go to the bottom of the left hand column and use the FTP speed test download and then watch my speed.
OS samurai said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by MrGaribaldi [/i]Not too disappointed with those speeds considering California is on the other side of the world...[url]http://www.dslreports.com/archive/uio.no[/url]A
d yes, all three tests are mine, as I wanted to see hwo it changed from server to server [/quote] yeah not to bad MR G, I wonder if we could find a server & or test that is closer to your neck of the woods;)
Vehementi said:
I recently got ADSL too. My downstream is 1.5Mbit, but I never get over 160KB/s. I'm capped.And P66, I never thought my mum would get broadband either...but it happened :rolleyes:
Godataloss said:
Ive had BB cable for 4 years. I fired the phone company and use my celluar exclusively for phone service so I figure the $50 bucks is close to breaking even versus $30 bucks for a phone line and $20 for a dial-up isp. Plus I get good DL speeds routinely of 300-400k/s and dont have telemarkerters calling anymore.I would give up the internet at home before I went back to dial up.
videobruce said:
All depends where you live, what the market will bear and the local providers.I see different speeds for DSL for different $$ amounts. Cable broadband is very popular around this area since it is promoted heavily and most people already have cable. Though that is changing with satelite!DSL through Verizon is NOT promoted since suburban spraw is so widespread, most are too far from the CO to get it I believe.Another advantage of living in the city other than most things are close including DSL.
vassil3427 said:
I just ran that test and got 3000 down, 500 up on my cable connection
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