US Broadband Speeds Rose 28% in 2009

The US residential broadband speeds continue to increase, albeit at a slower rate than in 2008.  Between year-end 2008 and year-end 2009, downstream bandwidth rose by 28%, reports In-Stat (

Today's broadband service subscriber is becoming increasingly aware of the capabilities, and the limitations, of their broadband connection.  More and more broadband subscribers know the speed of their broadband connections—or at least they know the speed claims made by their broadband service provider.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • The average downstream speed of a US broadband connection is 7.12Mbps.

  • Broadband speed increases were most dramatic among cable modem and fixed wireless subscribers.  The broadband speed increase among cable modem subscribers was about double that of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) subscribers.

  • More than one quarter of survey respondents also had a mobile wireless broadband connection in addition to their wired broadband connection.

This Market Alert is drawn from the In-Stat research,  US Residential Broadband Speeds Accelerate (#IN1004669MBS), which covers the US market for broadband. It includes:

  • Analysis of an In-Stat US consumer survey on broadband service.
  • Details on the type of broadband access technology (i.e., cable modem, DSL, FTTH, etc.) being used.
  • Service providers used by respondents.
  • The download and upload speeds of subscribers' broadband connections.
  • How much they are paying for broadband service.
For a free sample of the report and more information, please contact Elaine Potter at: or (480) 483-4441

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The price is $1,995 (US).

This research is part of In-Stat's Multimedia Broadband Services service. Broadband and video services are everywhere, but determining which service offerings will be the most successful is a multi-billion dollar question. In-Stat's MBS research provides a worldwide, comprehensive perspective on the delivery of consumer broadband voice, video, and data services. The service assesses the strengths and weaknesses of each delivery pipe, and provides invaluable data on service enablers and blockers. MBS also examines existing and potential subscribers, competitive business models, industry agendas, and key cross-market combatants.

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