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Subscribers love their cable modems, apparently better than DSL. Approximately 7.8 million households now subscribe to broadband Internet services in the U.S. and Canada and of this total, 5.5 million homes use cable modems, reports Kinetic Strategies. Only an estimated 2.3 million have chosen to use residential DSL.

According to Kinetic Strategies, at the end of 2000, MSOs had 4.8 million installed cable modem customers while the total DSL count was 1.8 million users. AT&T Broadband and Time Warner Cable had the most subs, each with more than 1 million.

DOCSIS cable modem products accounted for 6 million units shipped in 2000, and of that number, Motorola's were the most popular, accounting for 38 percent of those shipped. Trailing behind were 3Com, Toshiba and Thomson Multimedia.

There are still a lot of modems to be had, however. Kinetic Strategies says there are 64 million homes in North America eligible for cable modem service.

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