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The largest cable and telephone companies in the U.S. gained about 380,000 high-speed internet subscribers in the third quarter of 2017, according to a new report from Leichtman Research Group.

Leitchtman analysts examined the nation’s 14 largest cable and telephone providers, which make up about 95 percent of the industry. 

Those 380,000 broadband additions during the third quarter 2017 represented 61 percent of the number added in Q3 2016, a decrease in new subscribers.

Subscriptions in 3Q 2017 were also down for top cable companies, with about 540,000 additions in the quarter, 69 percent of additions in 3Q 2016.

Telephone companies, meanwhile, saw broadband losses for the sixth quarter in a row. In Q3 2017, the top telcos lost about 155,000 subscribers, compared to 150,000 lost in Q3 2016 

"Major providers now account for over 94.5 million broadband subscribers in the U.S., yet the broadband market is still expanding with cable providers continuing to drive the growth," Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, said in a statement. "Over the past year, cable companies added about than 2.86 million broadband subscribers, accounting for 124 percent of the 2.3 million net broadband additions.”

Comcast and Charter topped the list of the broadband providers with the most subscribers, while AT&T and Verizon held the top spots for phone companies. The top cable companies accounted for 60.4 million subscribers compared to 3.41 million subscribers for the top telephone companies.  In the top spot Charter gained 285,000 broadband subscribers for the quarter, while Comcast reported net broadband gains of 213,000. CenturyLink meanwhile lost 101,000 broadband subscribers, and Verizon dropped 10,000.

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