Over 50% of Americans use broadband

By Julio Franco ยท 15 replies
Apr 20, 2004
  1. 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.
  2. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    Seems opposite here.

    Defently seems more people have dialup, and more people have cable than DSL.
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    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...
  4. OS samurai

    OS samurai TS Rookie Posts: 159

  5. BrownPaper

    BrownPaper TS Rookie Posts: 407

    os samauri your connection is twice as fast as my connection. lucky bastard! ;)
  6. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Posts: 387

    I got the same as OS Samurai. I got cable internet here in Canada, but it's pretty expensive.
  7. OS samurai

    OS samurai TS Rookie Posts: 159


    yeah I guess I am all for $46 a month :cool:
  8. Supra

    Supra TS Enthusiast Posts: 190

    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 DSL reports speed test
    dsl cost me $40 a month, now i pay $32.95 for cable. I cant complain:D
  9. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Not too disappointed with those speeds considering California is on the other side of the world...


    And yes, all three tests are mine, as I wanted to see hwo it changed from server to server
  10. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,345   +13

    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.
  11. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,345   +13

    As far as speed tests go, I use all the usual tests, like DSL Reports, but my favorite way is to use NetStat Live, or NetPeeker to check my speeds.

    I go to DSLnuts/Cablenuts and go to the bottom of the left hand column and use the FTP speed test download and then watch my speed.
  12. OS samurai

    OS samurai TS Rookie Posts: 159

    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;)
  13. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    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:
  14. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 482

    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.
  15. videobruce

    videobruce TS Enthusiast Posts: 93

    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.
  16. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 640

    I just ran that test and got 3000 down, 500 up on my cable connection
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