Bruce P. Mehlman
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“Linguistically Isolated” Households Less Likely To Adopt DSL Connection
Academic researchers have found that “linguistically isolated” households that did not speak English as a first language were 18.6 percent less likely to adopt a DSL connection.
In 2008…fiber to the home had the biggest jump at 56%
According to the FCC, DSL connections were up 3% in 2008 to 30 million, while fiber to the home had the biggest jump at 56%.
Some 43% of broadband users at home connect through cable, 31% by DSL and 23% by fixed wireless, satellite or fiber. Old fashioned dial-up access still accounts for 7% of Web users.
Data on the Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs) indicates that more than 56 percent of all cities with populations above 100,000 had DSL available, but less than 5 percent of cities with populations less than 10,000 had DSL service (NTIA; USDA, p. ii).
Vince Jordan, CEO of Ridgeview Telephone claims that isn’t unusual for rural phone companies to charge $300 to $600 for a broadband installation.
In urban markets, installation is often free. The fees cover the cost of dispatching a crew to wire up a home for DSL, which works off existing copper phone lines.
Standalone DSL comprised nearly 30% of AT&T’s 491,000 total net broadband subscriber additions in Q1 09.
AT&T reported a more than 50% sequential increase in first-quarter wireline broadband subscriber net additions, including 359,000 wireline broadband subscribers and 105,000 net new DSL subscribers outside of U-Verse.
[Estimates from Bernstein Research senior analyst Craig Moffett based on AT&T’s numbers]
Total broadband technology breakdown in Q4 2008: 64.79% DSL, 20.50% Cable Modem, 12.37% FTTx, 2.35% Other.
With the amplifiers [for broadband over power lines], the signal can be sent 25 miles from a substation, far longer than DSL service over phone wires.
Worldwide, 91% of all connections were wireless, and 9% were wired [DSL or cable] in 2008.