Survey: S.F. Tops for Broadband


San Francisco isn't just a place to leave your heart -- it's also the best
place for broadband, according to a first-ever survey fielded by America Online

AOL ranked San Francisco No. 1 out of 18 top markets based on an online
survey of almost 3,600 adult users.

The survey measured the number of people using broadband connections at home,
how long they had broadband service, how many people intended to sign up for
broadband in the next year, the hours per day they spent on broadband
connections and what they used the connections for.

Following San Francisco were Tampa, Fla.; Boston; Houston; Charlotte, N.C.;
Los Angeles; New York; Raleigh, N.C.; Orlando, Fla.; and Seattle.

The survey found that 55 percent of adults in San Francisco have home
broadband connections, and another 15 percent plan to sign up for high-speed
service in the next year.

They also have been using broadband on average for longer than peers in other
markets, averaging a little less than two years.

That compares with the overall survey average of 49 percent broadband users
and an average 19 months of service.