FCC survey finds broadband use on the rise

The number of businesses and homes with high-speed connections to the Internet grew 27 percent in the first six months of the year, to 16.2 million lines, the Federal Communications Commission reports.

In its semiannual survey of broadband services released Tuesday, the FCC found that 10.4 million of those lines provided 'advanced services,' defined as speeds exceeding 200 Kbps in both directions.

Cable modem connections grew 30 percent, reaching 9.2 million lines. Asymmetric digital subscriber lines were up 29 percent, to 5.1 million lines, the FCC said.

Predictably, high-speed connections were more prevalent in wealthier neighborhoods. California has the highest number of broadband connections, followed by New York, Florida and Texas, the FCC said.

Compared with a year earlier, the pace of connections slowed. In the same six months of 2001, the number of subscribers increased 33 percent.

The FCC collects the statistics to monitor and analyze broadband deployment.

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