US Broadband Speeds Rose 28% in 2009

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- Residential broadband speeds in the United States continue to increase, although at a slower rate than in 2008. Between year-end 2008 and year-end 2009, downstream bandwidth rose by 28 percent, reports high-tech research firm In-Stat.

“Today’s broadband service subscriber is becoming increasingly aware of the capabilities, and the limitations, of their broadband connection,” says Mike Paxton, In-Stat analyst. “More and more broadband subscribers know the speed of their broadband connections — or at least they know the speed claims made by their broadband service provider.”

Research by In-Stat found the following:

  • The average downstream speed of a U.S. broadband connection is 7.12 Mbps.

  • Broadband speed increases were most dramatic among cable modem and fixed wireless subscribers. The broadband speed increase among cable modem subscribers was about double that of fiber-to-the-home subscribers.

  • More than one-quarter of survey respondents had a mobile wireless broadband connection in addition to their wired broadband connection.

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