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    Broadband Internet Grows to 19 Million in the U.S.
    First Quarter of 2003 Most Successful Quarter Ever For Broadband
    Durham, NH – May 16, 2003 - Leichtman Research Group (LRG) found that, as of the end of the first quarter of 2003, the leading cable and DSL providers in the United States now account for over 19 million high-speed Internet subscribers. The first quarter of 2003 saw record quarterly growth as the major US cable and DSL providers added a combined total of nearly 1.9 million subscribers during the quarter.

    Other key findings include:

    The top cable companies acquired 65% of the net broadband additions for the quarter, with cable adding 1.23 million broadband Internet subscribers in the quarter compared to 650,000 added by the major DSL providers
    The top cable operators now account for over 12.25 million broadband Internet subscribers, maintaining a 64% share of the market versus DSL
    The top ten US cable providers have broadband Internet available to 87 million potential subscribers – about 84% of their cumulative footprint, and nearly 14% of all those who could get broadband Internet currently subscribe
    “Both cable and DSL had record setting quarters in the first quarter of 2003, but cable continued the trend of adding nearly twice as many subscribers as DSL,” said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc. “It will be very interesting to see if the lower priced offerings recently introduced by major DSL providers have an impact on cable’s dominance in the second quarter of 2003.”

    Broadband Internet Provider Subscribers at End of Q1 2003 Net Adds in Q1 2003
    Cable Modem
    Comcast 4,037,300 417,000
    Time Warner 2,686,000 260,000
    Cox 1,562,383 154,433
    Charter 1,272,300 134,200
    Cablevision 852,835 82,710
    Adelphia** 670,000 60,000
    Bright House Networks** 530,000 40,000
    Mediacom 214,000 23,000
    RCN 174,125 13,722
    Insight 168,300 23,500
    Cable One 95,800 17,700
    Total Top Cable* 12,263,043 1,226,265

    SBC 2,470,000 271,000
    Verizon 1,830,000 160,000
    Bell South 1,122,000 101,000
    Qwest** 550,000 15,000
    Covad 417,000 36,000
    Sprint 185,000 34,000
    ALLTEL 88,000 17,818
    Cincinnati Bell 83,000 8,400
    CenturyTel 60,000 7,700
    Total Top DSL* 6,805,000 650,918

    Total Broadband 19,068,043 1,877,183
    Sources: The Companies and Leichtman Research Group, Inc.

    * Top cable and DSL providers represent approximately 98% of all subscribers

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