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Largest Cable, Telephone Providers Added 1.3 Million High-Speed Internet Subs In Q1

The 19 largest cable and telephone providers in the U.S., representing around 93% of the market, acquired nearly 1.3 million additional high-speed Internet subscribers in the first quarter of '11, according to data compiled by the Leichtman Research Group. These top broadband providers now account for 76.6 million subscribers, with cable companies having 42.6 million broadband subscribers and telephone companies having almost 34 million. Comcast added 418,000 broadband subscribers in the first quarter, marking the most in any quarter since Q1 '08. Net broadband additions in Q1 were also over 430,000 more than in the final quarter last year, and the most since Q1 last year. Listed below are the top broadband Internet providers and their subscribers at the end of Q1 (Leichtman Research Group).
BROADBAND INTERNET
PROVIDER
SUBSCRIBERS
(END OF Q1 '11)
NET SUBSCRIBER ADDS
(Q1 '11)
CABLE COMPANIES
Comcast
17,406,000
418,000
Time Warner
9,992,000
189,000
Cox*
4,400,000
30,000
Charter
3,334,000
87,900
Cablevision
2,927,000
32,000
Suddenlink
857,100
30,800
Insight
535,700
11,200
Cable ONE
440,215
14,813
Other Major Private
Cable Companies**
2,247,000
39,000
TOTAL TOP CABLE
42,639,015
852,713
TELEPHONE COMPANIES
AT&T
16,485,000
175,000
Verizon
8,490,000
98,000
Qwest^
2,965,000
51,000
CenturyLink^
2,446,000
52,000
Windstream
1,707,678
10,511
Frontier
1,331,700
28,800
FairPoint
297,491
7,746
Cincinnati Bell
258,500
2,400
TOTAL TOP TELCOS
33,981,369
425,457

NOTES: Company subscriber counts may not represent solely residential households. Totals reflect pro forma results from system sales and acquisitions. * = Leichtman estimate. ** = Includes Leichtman estimates for Bright House Networks, Mediacom, and RCN. ^ = CenturyLink acquired Qwest on April 1.

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