2.1 Million Added Broadband From Top Providers in 2017

DURHAM, NH — The fourteen largest cable and telephone providers in the US, representing about 95 percent of the market, acquired about 2.1 million net additional high-speed Internet subscribers in 2017. Annual net broadband additions in 2017 were 78 percent of the 2.7 million net adds in 2016, according to Lichtman Research Group (LRG).

These top broadband providers now account for nearly 95.1 million subscribers — with top cable companies having about 61.2 million broadband subscribers, and top telephone companies having 33.9 million subscribers.

Other broadband findings include:

  • The top cable companies added 2.7 million broadband subscribers in 2017 – 83 percent of the net additions for the top cable companies in 2016

    • Comcast has added over a million broadband subscribers each year from 2010-2017

    • Charter has added over a million broadband subscribers each year from 2014-2017



  • *The top telephone companies lost about 625,000 subscribers in 2016 -- similar to a loss of about 600,000 subscribers in 2016



"The top broadband providers in the US added nearly 4.8 million net broadband subscribers over the past two years," said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group. "The top cable companies accounted for 130 percent of the net broadband additions in 2017, following 122 percent of the net adds in 2016."

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