One-third of Internet Users Have Broadband Access, Study Says

Tue, 07/31/2001 - 8:00pm

Thirty-one percent of U.S. Internet users have broadband access at home, work or school, according to a study recently released by Arbitron Inc. and Coleman.

The study, "Broadband Revolution 2: The Media World of Speedies," found that 64 percent of Internet users who have broadband access are connected through their workplace, and 37 percent have access at home.

Of consumers with access to broadband at home or work, 58 percent have access only at work and 27 percent have access only at home. Only 15 percent have access at both locations, the study said.

College students with broadband access also expect to receive residential broadband service in the future, according to the study. Thirty-eight percent of college students who have broadband access said they are either "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to get broadband at home if they were no longer in school. Twenty-two percent use broadband as a source of entertainment, the company said.

Additionally, taking advantage of a head start in technological development, cable-based broadband services will prevail over DSL in the battle for dominance among wireline broadband technologies, according to a study released by Allied Business Intelligence.

The study, "Cable vs. DSL: The Race is On," found that revenue from cable-broadband-access subscriber fees would triple in the next five years, from $7.5 billion in 2001 to $22.2 billion in 2006. The study said cable-broadband-access subscribers would increase from 14.2 million in 2001 to 48.7 million in 2006.


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