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US Broadband Speeds Rose 28% in 2009

In-Stat reports that 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%.

According to the statement, 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.

“Today’s broadband service subscriber is becoming increasingly aware of the capabilities, and the limitations, of their broadband connection,” says Mike Paxton, In-Stat analyst. “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.”

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