Report: U.S. Broadband Has the Numbers

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The United States is still king when it comes to total number of Internet and broadband households, but other world regions are catching up, according to a new report from analyst firm eMarketer Inc.

The report predicted that U.S. online households will total 78.3 million by the end of this year, with 66.7% using broadband connections. By 2010, broadband households will constitute 88.3% of total online households.

Worldwide, 2005 saw the Internet population top a benchmark of 1 billion and, by the end of the year, 194.6 million will be broadband households, according to the report. Predictably, the Asia-Pacific region claimed the largest chunk of high-speed-Internet users -- more than 78 million, or 40% of the worldwide broadband population. North America and Western Europe trailed, with each claiming about 50 million broadband households.