Study: Broadband Connections to Surge

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A new research report sees 'broadband Internet' connections growing by 25
million over the next five years, from about 12.5 million as of April to 37.3
million in 2007.

Any disappointment over current digital-subscriber-line and cable-modem
uptakes is the product of 'unrealistic expectations,' Leichtman Research Group
Inc.'s Bruce Leichtman said.

His surveys (of 1,000-plus homes) and research indicated that more than twice
as many consumers said they are as likely to subscribe to broadband Internet
service at $30 per month as at $45.

Today's broadband penetration of Internet homes is about 25 percent, rising
to about one-half by 2007. He's not counting satellite or wireless
links.

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