Top U.S. ISPs Add 3M Subs In 2014

Cable Operators Accounted For 89% Of Broadband Adds
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The 17 largest cable operators and telcos in the U.S., representing 94% of the market, signed up 3 million net new high-speed broadband subs in 2014, roughly 114% of the total raked in during 2013, Leichtman Research Group (LRG) found in a report issued Thursday.

It was another banner year for U.S. MSOs, as cable operators netted 89% of those broadband adds in 2014, up from 82% in 2013. Broken down further, those MSOs added 2.65 million broadband subs last year, 123% of the total signed up in the prior year.

On the other end, top telcos added 345,000 net broadband subs, 72% of the total net adds during 2013. AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS broadband subs now account for 53% of telco customers in the category, up from 37% at the end of 2012, LRG said. That breakdown will change down the road when Verizon sells off a chunk of its wireline operations to Frontier Communications. 

The top cable MSOs also tacked on 2.3 million more net adds than telcos in 2014, versus 1.7 million more net adds in 2013, according to LRG.

The top ISPs included in LRG’s study account for 87.3 million subs -- 51.9 million from cable operators, 35.4 million via the nation's top telcos. 

“At the end of 2014, the top cable and Telco broadband providers in the US cumulatively had over 87.3 million subscribers, adding 3 million subscribers in the past year,” said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc.  “While about four of every five US households now get broadband at home, there were more broadband net additions in 2014 than in 2013,” LRG president and principal analyst Bruce Leichtman said, in a statement. “This was the first year-over-year increase in broadband net adds since 2006 over 2005.”