Broadband Up 23% in '02 Second Half

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New federal data released Tuesday showed that broadband penetration grew by 23% in the second half of last year, compared with a 27% growth rate in the first half.

The Federal Communications Commission said the U.S. had 19.9 million broadband lines serving homes and business at the end of last year, with cable operators in control of 11.4 million high-speed customers.

In a speech here Monday, National Cable & Telecommunications Association president Robert Sachs said cable operators ended the first quarter of 2003 with 12 million high-speed subscribers.

Although broadband growth slowed on a percentage basis late last year, the FCC data showed that 3.7 million new high-speed customers signed up in last six months of last year, compared with 3.4 million during the first six months.

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