48% of Former Qwest Households Can Buy 40 Mbps Internet Access, CenturyLink Says

About 48 percent of urban households in former Qwest local telephone service areas now served by CenturyLink can buy 40 Mbps Internet access service, compared to about 20 percent of households in rural areas, CenturyLink has reported.

Those improvements, and related upgrades to support gigabit speeds and entertainment video will be crucial for CenturyLink, which in its second quarter of 2015 lost high speed access accounts. To be sure, the second quarter historically is seasonally low.

But that hasn’t stopped other Internet service providers--nearly all cable TV companies-- from adding net customers. Just about all the larger U.S. telcos actually lost customers during the quarter.

If one assumes consumer segment growth is possible primarily in the high speed Internet access and entertainment TV services, Internet access account growth arguably is crucial, as Prism video services generally require the faster speed access services.  

CenturyLink Consumer Segment Accounts

June 30, 2015
June 30, 2014
Operating Metrics (thousands)
Broadband subscribers
6,108
6,055
Access lines
12,109
12,707
Prism subscribers
258
214
source: CenturyLink


U.S. Internet Service Provider Net Additions, Second Quarter 2015
Firms
Subscribers at End
of 2Q 2015
Net Adds in
2Q 2015
Cable Companies


Comcast
22,548,000
179,000
Time Warner Cable
12,770,000
189,000
Charter
5,294,000
86,000
Cablevision
2,781,000
14,000
Suddenlink
1,180,800
(2,800)
Mediacom
1,051,000
10,000
WOW (WideOpenWest)
713,100
(8,900)
Cable ONE
497,036
457
Other Major Private Cable Companies*
6,640,000
45,000
Total Top Cable
53,474,936
511,757



Telephone Companies


AT&T
15,961,000
(136,000)
Verizon
9,221,000
(25,000)
CenturyLink
6,108,000
(9,000)
Frontier^
2,388,500
29,000
Windstream
1,120,800
(11,600)
FairPoint
317,100
(1,278)
Cincinnati Bell
275,100
2,400
Total Top Telephone Companies
35,391,500
(151,478)



Total Broadband
88,866,436
360,279
Sources: The Companies and Leichtman Research Group, Inc.

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