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Internet Subscribers by Physical Network

Subscribers x 1000 | See also Total Internet Subscribers | Computer in Household
Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
DSL . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pew
CIBC
4130
6292
9145
13,416
17,702
22,162
26,633
Misc
3,300
9,300
Misc
8,500
Pew
7,000
9,000 Q1
LRG
6154
6,805 Q1
Conv
477
2245
4013
5988
FCC1
.
370
1977
3948
6472
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
FCC2
186
675
1369
2813
xDSL
.
340
1700
2100*
TC
39
504
2100
4,363
4,884 Q1
9600
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.
PI
.
760
.
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.
.
.
.
.
.
CE
300
1100
2200
2600
5100
7900
10200
.
.
.
.
.
.
GG
350
.
.
.
.
9800
.
.
.
.
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.
.
YA
.
300
900
2000
3300
5000
7000
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.
LA
.
500
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.
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.
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.
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.
.
MS
62
738
2564
5468
8391
11737
15190
18574
21988
25334
28711
31665
MS2
.
.
2344
6653
11563
16242
20863
25433
.
.
.
.
.
FC
.
500
2000
3500
5000
7500
10500
15200
.
.
.
.
.
BM
.
228
1745
3435
6116
8334
10757
.
.
.
.
.
.
IDC
.
300
1100
2600
5400
9200
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
In
.
300
1100
2600
4900
7800
10900
13400
.
.
.
.
.
Y2
5120
6730
8440
10190
12090
13840
WP
5400
T1 . . . . .2002 . . . . . . . .
FCC-01
610
1021
1079
1187 Q2
MS
1356
1647
1947
2141
2225
1984
1680
1347
982
852
882
913
Cable 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003. . . . . . . .
Misc
6,600
12,600
CIBC
6844
10,874
15,338
19,574
23,600
27,437
31,011
CDF
8%
11.5%
16%
24.2%
NCTA
3,700
7,200
11,600
17,300 Q1
ML
16,000
Pew
13,000
21,000 Q1
LRG
11,037
12,263 Q1
FCC1
1412
3583
7060
11,369
FCC2
877
2194
4395
8342
xDSL
1200
3900
4800*
YA
1000
1100
2400
3900
5700
7600
9600
.
.
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For
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2000
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.
20000
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IDC
.
1400
2600
4400
6500
9000
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.
MS
400
1100
2500
4600
7100
10000
12900
15600
18200
21000
24200
27200
MS2
.
.
2935
5447
8454
11972
15435
18831
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.
BM
.
1621
4039
6118
9091
11425
13446
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FC
.
1800
3500
5000
7500
10000
14500
19500
.
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PK
.
1600
3300
5400
8300
10700
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IDC
.
1400
2600
4400
6500
9000
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In
.
1100
2000
3200
5000
6300
11300
14000
.
.
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.
.
Y2
10610
13930
16910
19650
21980
24230
WP
9400
DSL+C 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
CIBC
10,974
17,168
24,483
32,990
41,302
49,599
57,844
CIBC HH adopted 10.3% 15.9% 22.4% 29.7% 36.8% 43.6% 50.1%
CIBC HH Online 21.5% 31.0% 39.4% 48.2% 55.4% 61.6% 66.6%
LRG
17,191
19,068 Q1
Cisco
5200
10,040
15,510
21,710
29,880
38,180
42,700
45,510
Broadbnd . . 2000 2001 2002 2003. 2004 . . . . . .
NTIA
4.4% HH
9.1% HH
19.9% HH
Instat
2,700
5,500
10,200
15,700
22,900
29,100
34,700
Misc
63,000
Pew
30,000
48,000
ML
21% HH
24,600
Jupiter
21,500
46,000
Neilson
26,113
38,957 May
49,465 Nov
MS2
.
.
5279
12100
20017
28,214
26298
44264
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.
MS2'
.
1750
4600
9200
14100
19900
25800
31400
36900
42500
.
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.
NYT
10,000
16,000
WP
15,000
FCC1
2754
7070
12792
19,882
FCC2
1,988
4293
7404
12,986
Wireless (& Sat) . . . .2003 . . . . . . .
ML
300
Pew
< 500
1,400 Q1
FCC1
.
50
112
213
276
FCC2
8
27
75
66
MSFW
.
70
232
579
1043
1470
1909
2378
2877
3408
3970
4109
BMFW
.
0
0
301
826
1344
2003
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BMmmds
.
0
70
176
496
1299
2403
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Y2mmds
50
70
120
180
250
310
Dial Up . . . 2001. 2002. 2003. 2004. 2005. 2006. . . . .
Misc
Instat
37,000
40,700
40,500
35,900
31,700
28,100
24,600
Neilson
79,444
69,647 May
69,609 Nov
MS3
45,900
47,800
47,700
46,300
44,100
42,000
MS2
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.
38804
39894
40767
39590
38272
36419
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MS'
26780
31111
32066
33486
34372
33530
32248
31578
28484
24589
19352
15325
MS
28507
34400
38514
41937
45281
46875
47491
49906
49785
48643
46749
45835
NYT
44,000
Fiber
Render
FTTH
5
23
38
Render
FTTH
Passed
19
72
315
FCC2
312
376
494
548
Satellite
Y2
250
530
1250
2030
2700
3350
Powerline
Internet 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Subscribers
Misc
155,000
126,000
128,000
CIBC HH
50,900
55,400
62,200
68,400
74,600
80,500
86,800
CIBC HH Online/ Total HH 47.8% 51.3% 56.8% 61.7% 66.4% 70.7% 75.3%
Harris
113,000
121,000
127,000
140,000
Nielson
.
106000
114000
165000
182,130
118,000
144,000
135,424
.
.
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.
ComScore
149,000
154,100
CIA
76000
100825
133000
.
161700
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.
206550
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.
SG2
65100
101000
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Icon
33300
38800
44400
51300
56000
59800
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MS2
63000
75000
90000
105000
115000
125000
135000
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.
MS
31941
40297
49316
59658
70406
79929
89048
99724
107823
114819
121453
127939
IRG
29800
39500
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.
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NYT
10,000
60,000
Percent Pop 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Nielson
39
52
58
DOC NTIA
Harris
Harris
Misc
Misc

| Inet = Internet Subscribers | Dial Up = Dial Up Subscribers over Public Telephone Network | W = Wireless | B = Total Broadband | HH = Household |

  • Nielson / Netrating
  • Broadband Passes Dial-up in U.S. <http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5750968/> " MSNBC.com, August 18, 2004. (" That [63 m Broadband subscribers] amounts to 51 percent of U.S. residential users, up from 49 percent in June and from 38 percent just a year earlier. Sixty-one million, or 49 percent of residential users, use narrowband hookups, down from 62 percent last July, Nielsen//NetRatings said. ")
  • Active Internet Users by Country September 2004, Clickz Stats (Oct. 29, 2004) (135,423,830 active internet users United States September 2004. Aug. 2004 = 137,038,072 - source: Nielsen/Netrating).
  • US Internet Audience Up 16 percent in past year, Internet News, August 13, 2001 (citing Nielson report);
  • Active Internet Users by Country, March 2004, ClickZStats (April 29, 2004) (citing Nielson/ NetRating) subs as of March 2004
  • Three out of Four Americans Have Access To Internet, Nielsen/Net Ratings March 18, 2003
  • US Broadband Penetration Jumps to 45.2% - US Internet Penetration Nearly 75% - March 2004 Bandwidth Report (citing Netrating)
  • Fifty Million Internet Users Connect Via Broadband Neilson Netrating Jan 2004
  • More Than Half of U.S., Canada Online, Cyberatlas (May 2, 2003) (Nielsen//NetRatings)
  • Neilson Netrating via Cyberatlas
  • Nearly 40 Million Internet Users Connect Via Broadband, Growing 49 Percent, Neilson Netrating June 2003; Fifty Million Internet Users Connect Via Broadband Neilson Netrating Jan 2004
  • Pew
  • Latest Internet tracking data, Pew Internet April 13, 2004
  • Broadband Adoption at Home: A Pew Internet Project Data Memo May 18, 2003; Pew Internet Project Data Memo, 55% of Adult Internet Users Have Broadband at Home or Work (April 2004) (48 m Americans have Broadband Internet at home; "March 2003, 67% of home broadband users connected via cable modems, while 28% used DSL, and 4% used wireless or fixed-satellite technology. In our latest survey, 54% of home broadband users connected with cable modems, 42% used DSL, and 3% used wireless or fixed-satellite technology.")
  • xDSL = It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over , xDSL Today (*2001 figures are for Q1)
  • FCC
  • FCC RELEASES NEW DATA ON INTERNET ACCESS SERVICES, FCC 12/13/2010
  • FCC1 = (high speed lines one direction) High Speed Services for Internet Access:  Subscribership as of Dec 31, 2000 (FCC IAD) (August 2001) Report | Press Release; FCC Releases Data on High Speed Services for Internet Access Dec 2002 Press Release
  • FCC2 (high speed lines 2 directions) High-Speed Services for Internet Access. Provides summary statistics of subscribership data that facilities-based providers of high-speed services file twice a year on FCC Form 477. 06/03 Release. As of 12/31/02. HSPD0603.PDF (871K)
  • TC = TeleChoice data at xDSL.com.  Revised per article in CommDaily February 18, 2000 reporting revised Telechoice figures for 1999, 2000, and 2003. REvised.
  • Broadband! A Joint Industry Study by McKinsey & Company and Stanford C Berstein & C, page 22
  • CE = Computer Electronics, DSL in for Big Growth, April 1 1999
  • GG = Gartner Group
  • PI = Pioner
  • LA = LA Times
  • IDC2 = IDC, Merril Lynch
  • IRG = Internet Research Group
  • CIA = Press Release, Computer Industry Almanac, U.S. Tops 100 Million Internet Users According to Computer Industry Almanac (Nov 4, 1999); According to Computer Industry Almanac the U.S. has More than Half of Worldwide Internet Users at Year-End 1998, July 6, 1999; Over 150 Million Internet Users Worldwide at Year-end 1998, April 30, 1999; Over 300 Million Internet Users in Year 2000, Sept 28, 1998; According to Computer Industry Almanac the U.S. has More than Half of Worldwide Internet Users at Year-End 1998 July 6, 1999
  • SG2-IS = Strategic Group, Internet User Trends and European Internet User Trends Conference Call Presentation November 1999 (stats as of mid year)
  • For = Forrester HFC - More consumers call the cable guy for Internet speed (Jan 18 2000) (citing Forrester - could not find stats on Forrester website).
  • ICON = Iconocast IH - US Households Online:  Internet at a glance, Winter 2000
  • Yankee Group
  • YA = Data Basics:  DSL Gaining on Cable As the Big Pipe of Choice, Washington Post Thursday, February 10, 2000; Page E10  (citing Yankee Group Report); Bandwidth Bandwagon, The Industry (May 15, 2000)  citing data from: ID = IDC, In = Insight Research, Y = Yankee Group
  • Y2 = Yankee Group Residential Broadband June 2002 as shown by Verizon
  • Morgan Stanley
  • MS = Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, The Internet Data Services Report at 18 (August 11, 1999).
  • MS’ - DU = Dial Up as Primary Access.
  • MS - DU = Dial up (primary + backup).
  • MS2 = The Global Internet Primer, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter (June 2000).
  • MS3 = Dial Up Slowing to a Stand Still, eMarketer (20 March 2003) citing Morgan Stanley, October 2002 ("Paid dial-up subscribers in US, 2001-2006)
  • PK-HFC = Paul Kagan Associates, Cable TV Technology, July 26, 1999
  • FC-DSL & FC-C Forward Concepts, Broadband in the Local Loop '00: Applications Driving the North American Business Report No 1040 May 12, 2000
  • IDC - Bandwidth Bandwagon, The Industry (May 15, 2000)  citing data from IDC
  • In - Bandwidth Bandwagon, The Industry (May 15, 2000)  citing data from Insight Research
  • States

    Refuseniks

    Date Data
    (Date Report)
    Population 
    (Households) 
    Online
    % of Pop (HH) Online Source
    2005
    137 m
    68% adults Pew Internet Digital Divisions Oct 2005
    2004
    140 m (active users)
    Popularion Explosion!, Clickz (Feb. 8, 2005 (citing Nielsen/ Netrating)
    2004
    186 m
    Popularion Explosion!, Clickz (Feb. 8, 2005 (Citing CIA)
    12/2004
    140 m
    Active Home Internet Users by Country November to December 2004, February 3, 2005 Clickz (citing Nielson/ NetRating)
    11/2004
    138 m
    Active Home Internet Users by Country November to December 2004, February 3, 2005 Clickz (citing Nielson/ NetRating)
    9/2004
    135 m
    Active Internet Users by Country September 2004, Clickz Stats (Oct. 29, 2004) (citing Nielson/ NetRating)
    8/2004
    156 m
    73% (65%) Harris Poll #63 (Sept. 8, 2004)
    8/2004
    137 m
    Active Internet Users by Country September 2004, Clickz Stats (Oct. 29, 2004) (citing Nielson/ NetRating)
    3/2004
    144 m
    Active Internet Users by Country, March 2004, ClickZStats (April 29, 2004) (citing Nielson/ NetRating)
    3/2004
    154.1 m
    comScore Media Metrix Announces Top 50 U.S. Internet Property Rankings for March 2004
    2/2004
    (60)

    Jeffrey Cole, Surveying the Digital Future: The Impact of the Internet, USC Annenberg

    2/2004
    141 m
    Active Internet Users by Country, March 2004, ClickZStats (April 29, 2004) (citing Nielson/ NetRating)
    2/2004
    128 m adults
    63% adults
    Latest Internet tracking data, Pew Internet April 13, 2004
    2/2004
    152 m
    comScore Media Metrix Announces Top 50 U.S. Internet Property Rankings for March 2004
    2/2004
    204 m
    75%
    Three out of Four Americans Have Access To Internet, Nielsen/Net Ratings March 18, 2003
    2/2004
    (75% HH)
    US Broadband Penetration Jumps to 45.2% - US Internet Penetration Nearly 75% - March 2004 Bandwidth Report (citing Netrating)
    12/2003
    146 m
    69% (61%) Harris Poll #63 (Sept. 8, 2004) (adults)
    11/2003
    118 m
    Fifty Million Internet Users Connect Via Broadband Neilson Netrating Jan 2004
    10-2003
    (54.6)

    A Nation Online: Entering the Broadband Age, Department of Commerce p. 4 (Sept. 2004)

    8/2003
    126 m adults
    63 adults
    America's Online Pursuits Pew Internet Jan 2004
    8/2003
    149 m
    More Money = More Surfing, Cyberatlas (Oct 14, 2003)  comScore Media Metrix data
    5/2003
    107 m
    Fifty Million Internet Users Connect Via Broadband Neilson Netrating Jan 2004
    3/2003
    166 m
    59%
    More Than Half of U.S., Canada Online, Cyberatlas (May 2, 2003) (Nielsen//NetRatings)
    2/2003
    66%
    Three out of Four Americans Have Access To Internet, Nielsen/Net Ratings March 18, 2003
    2003 54.7% HH Computer and Internet Use in the United States : 2003, US Census (October 2005)
    2003
    71.1
    UCLA World Internet Project Report, UCLA 2/18/2004 (data not dated)
    12-2002
    140
    67 (57)
    The Harris Poll® #8, February 5, 2003 Those with Internet Access to Continue to Grow but at a Slower Rate
    3-2002
    137
    66 (55)
    The Harris Poll® #18, April 17, 2002 Internet Penetration at 66% of Adults (137 Million) Nationwide
    2002
    159
    CIA World Fact Book US
    2002
    71.1 (59.4)
    Year Three of the UCLA Internet Report, UCLA 1/31/03
    2002
    182.13
    Neilson Netrating via Cyberatlas
    2002
    155
    United States, Webforum (citing ITU)
    12-2002
    153
    Emarketer North America Online: Demographics & Usage
    4-2002
    166 m
    59.1%
    NUA How Many Online 
    (3-2002)
    149 m
    The World's Online Populations  Cyberatlas  March 21, 2002
    3-2002
    137
    66 (55)
    The Harris Poll® #8, February 5, 2003 Those with Internet Access to Continue to Grow but at a Slower Rate
    (3-2002)
    174 million 
    (55%)
    Web growth slows, but time online rises USA Today March 28 2002
    2-2002
    110 m
    69% [adults]
    Ipsos Read Internet Facts
    12/2001
    (56,376 k)
    (52.3%)
    Technology Administration, Department of Commerce, Understanding Broadband Demand, A Review of Critical Issues , page 5 (Sept 23, 2002)
    10/2001
    127 m
    64 (53) Harris Poll #63 (Sept. 8, 2004) (adults)
    9/2001
    (65m HH)
    (61% HH)
     Three in five US households online NUA (Sept 2001)
    4/2001
    126 m
    64 (53) Harris Poll #63 (Sept. 8, 2004) (adults)
    2001
    72.3 (58.4)
    Year Three of the UCLA Internet Report, UCLA 1/31/03
    10-2001
    127
    64 (52)
    The Harris Poll® #8, February 5, 2003 Those with Internet Access to Continue to Grow but at a Slower Rate
    9-2001
    54%
    U.S. Web usage hits 54 percent, MSNBC 2/4/02 (citing NTIA report)
    9-2001
    143m
    53.9%
    A Nation Online: How Americans Are Expanding Their Use Of The Internet, NTIA 2/4/02
    9-2001
    127
    The Harris Poll® #18, April 17, 2002 Internet Penetration at 66% of Adults (137 Million) Nationwide
    9-2001
    (53.9m)
    (50.3%)
    A Nation Online: How Americans Are Expanding Their Use Of The Internet, NTIA 2/4/02
    3-2001
    126
    64 (53)
    The Harris Poll® #8, February 5, 2003 Those with Internet Access to Continue to Grow but at a Slower Rate
    2001 50.4% HH Computer and Internet Use in the United States : 2003, US Census (October 2005)
    11/2000
    121 m
    63 (49)
    Harris Poll #63 (Sept. 8, 2004) (adults)
    8/2000
    (44m)
    (41.5%)
    Home Computers and Internet Use in the United States: August 2000 P23-207, Census 9/7/01
    5/2000 57 (45) Harris Poll #63 (Sept. 8, 2004) (adults)
    2000
    66.9 (46.9)
    Year Three of the UCLA Internet Report, UCLA 1/31/03
    10/2000
    121
    63 (49)
    The Harris Poll® #8, February 5, 2003 Those with Internet Access to Continue to Grow but at a Slower Rate
    5/2000
    114
    57 (45)
    The Harris Poll® #8, February 5, 2003 Those with Internet Access to Continue to Grow but at a Slower Rate
    12/1999
    113
    56 (46)
    The Harris Poll® #8, February 5, 2003 Those with Internet Access to Continue to Grow but at a Slower Rate
    1998
    (26.2%)
    Home Computers and Internet Use in the United States: August 2000 P23-207, Census 9/7/01
    2/1998
    70
    35 (22)
    The Harris Poll® #8, February 5, 2003 Those with Internet Access to Continue to Grow but at a Slower Rate
    10/1997
    (18.6%)
    Home Computers and Internet Use in the United States: August 2000 P23-207, Census 9/7/01
    6/1997
    59
    30 (16)
    The Harris Poll® #8, February 5, 2003 Those with Internet Access to Continue to Grow but at a Slower Rate
    9/1996
    33
    19(16)
    The Harris Poll® #8, February 5, 2003 Those with Internet Access to Continue to Grow but at a Slower Rate
    11/1995
    17.5
    9
    The Harris Poll® #8, February 5, 2003 Those with Internet Access to Continue to Grow but at a Slower Rate