Different Quarter, Same Story: Cable Gets All the Net High Speed Access Account Gains

It is not yet clear whether U.S. tier-one telcos actually can reverse the cable operator domination of high speed access services.

"Over the past year, cable companies added more than 3.5 million broadband subscribers, accounting for 118 percent of the 2.995 million net broadband additions," said Bruce Leichtman, Leichtman Research Group president. Telco providers have had net broadband losses in five of the past six quarters.

In the first three quarters of 2016, cable companies added about 2,440,000 broadband subscribers, while telcos lost about 475,000 subscribers

Cable companies represented all of the net account growth in the third quarter of 2016 as well.

Broadband Internet
Subscribers at End
of 3Q 2016
Net Adds in
3Q 2016
Cable Companies


Comcast
24,316,000
329,000
Charter
22,202,000
387,000
Altice
4,122,000
17,000
Mediacom
1,145,000
17,000
WOW (WideOpenWest)*
728,400
2,700
Cable ONE
510,573
2,256
Other Major Private Company**
4,765,000
20,000
Total Top Cable
57,788,973
774,956



Phone Companies


AT&T
15,618,000
(23,000)
Verizon
7,038,000
24,000
CenturyLink
5,950,000
(40,000)
Frontier^
4,404,000
(99,000)
Windstream
1,063,000
(12,800)
FairPoint
309,547
(1,893)
Cincinnati Bell
299,800
3,100
Total Top Phone Companies
34,682,347
(149,593)



Total Broadband
92,471,320
625,563


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