The largest cable and telephone providers in the U.S., comprising 94% of the total market, acquired more than 3 million more high-speed Internet subscribers in 2015, a new study found. These additions exceeded the total in 2014, and were the highest since 2010. “The number of broadband subscribers in the U.S. continues to increase, with the top broadband providers adding more than 6.1 million net broadband subscribers over the past two years, and cable companies accounting for 97% of these net adds,” the report indicated.
Other findings include positive news for cable companies, who also topped their 2014 numbers in 2015 while having their best year in adding broadband subscribers since 2008. Telephone companies did not join in the festivities, however: they lost about 185,000 subscribers last year, the first time net telco broadband numbers declined. Meanwhile, broadband providers had themselves a nice Q4 2015, adding nearly 200,000 more subscribers than they did in Q4 2014.