July 19, 2005, 12:00 AM

High-speed Internet connections increase 34% to 37.9 million lines

During 2004, high-speed Internet connections serving homes and business increased 34% to 37.9 million lines from 28.2 million lines a year earlier, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

Kurt Peters

Executive Editor

During 2004, high-speed Internet connections serving homes and business increased 34% to 37.9 million lines from 28.2 million lines a year earlier, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

High speed connections serving residential and small business subscribers rose to 35.3 million lines, up 36% from 26 million a year earlier. Service providers reporting have at least one high-speed service subscriber in 95% of the nation’s zip codes, the FCC says. About 99% of the country’s population lives in those zip codes, the commission estimates.

Cable Internet connections increased 30% to 21.4 million lines, up from 16.4 million a year earlier. DSL rose 45% to 13.8 million lines from 9.5 million a year earlier. The remaining 2.7 million high-speed connections were satellite or terrestrial wireless connections, fiber or power line connections, or wire line connections other than DSL, the FCC says.

Advanced service lines of all technology types rose 42% to 28.9 million during 2004. About 26.4 million of those lines served residential and small business subscribers, the FCC says.

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