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Study: Broadband adoption, household income go hand-in-hand

Wed, 10/29/2003 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Consumers in the northeastern U.S. led the nation in residential penetration of high-speed data services at the start of 2003, Leichtman Research Group Inc. (LRG) reported as part of a soon-to-be-released study.

Consumers in those states — Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut — also happen to rank among the top five states in per-capita income ($39,300). That's 28 percent above the U.S. average ($30,800), and 58 percent above the four states lowest in broadband penetration: Kentucky, Montana, South Dakota and Mississippi ($24,900).

Only California, Georgia, Kentucky and Utah had more DSL subs than cable modem subs, LRG noted in its upcoming, state-by-state report, entitled "Broadband, Cable and DBS Across the U.S."

"This data continues to display the strong relationship between the adoption of broadband Internet and household income," said LRG President and Principal Analyst Bruce Leichtman, in a release. "With over 22 million broadband subscribers in the US today, attracting consumers from a broad economic base will play an important role in broadband's future growth."

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