Cable Regains Data Upper Ground

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Cable reclaimed its market-share lead in high-speed-data-subscriber additions in the third quarter, according to Leichtman Research Group Inc., grabbing 1.28 million of the 2.3 million new broadband customers in the quarter.

The 55%-45% spread reversed the second-quarter stats, in which digital subscriber line had pulled slightly ahead.

Overall, LRG said, there are 18.8 million cable-modem subscribers in the United States, compared with 12.2 million DSL subscribers.

Comcast Corp. accounted for 43% of all of cable's net adds in the quarter with 549,000.

LRG said that between Sept. 30, 2003-Sept. 30, 2004, cable and DSL added 8.3 million broadband subscribers, a record for any one-year period.

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