Cable Gets 100% of Net Internet Access Accounts in 2Q 2018

The largest cable and telephone providers in the U.S., representing about 95 percent of the market, acquired about 455,000 net internet access subscribers in the second quarter of  2018, compared to a gain of about 235,000 subscribers in the second quarter of 2017, according to Leichtman Research Group.

These suppliers providers now account for 97.1 million subscribers. Cable companies have 62.9 million subscribers, while telephone companies have  34.2 million accounts.

As has been the case in recent years, cable is getting virtually all the net additions. Telcos have had net account losses in each of the past nine quarters. A great percentage of the losses over that period have come at Frontier and CenturyLink. AT&T and Verizon sometimes gain, sometimes lose, but at a rather low rate, either way.

The top cable companies added about 585,000 subscribers in 2Q 2018, compared to about 465,000 net adds in 2Q 2017.

Telephone companies lost about 130,000 subscribers in 2Q 2018, compared to a net loss of about 230,000 subscribers in 2Q 2017.

Broadband Providers
Subscribers at end of 2Q 2018
Net Adds in 2Q 2018
Cable Companies


Comcast
26,509,000
260,000
Charter
24,622,000
267,000
Cox
5,020,000
20,000
Altice
4,082,100
9,500
Mediacom
1,251,000
23,000
WOW (WideOpenWest)
747,800
3,900
Cable ONE
653,876
2,326
Total Top Cable
62,885,776
585,726
Phone Companies


AT&T
15,772,000
(3,000)
Verizon
6,956,000
(10,000)
CenturyLink
5,506,000
(89,000)
Frontier
3,863,000
(32,000)
Windstream
1,006,700
2,300
Consolidated
786,787
1,557
Cincinnati Bell
310,500
(400)
Total Top Telco
34,200,987
(130,453)
Total Top Broadband
97,086,763
455,183

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