53% of all US households now subscribe to a broadband high-speed Internet service at home, according to Leichtman Research Group. Broadband services now account for about 72% of all home Internet subscriptions – compared to 60% last year. Broadband adoption is strongly tied to household income. Just 45% of households with annual incomes below $30,000 subscribe to an Internet service at home – compared to 92% of households with annual incomes above $75,000. Broadband penetration among active Internet users grew to 82.18% in US homes in May, up over 10 percentage points from 71.76% last year.
Home Connectivity in the US
US broadband penetration grew to 82.18% among active Internet users in May 2007. Narrowband users connecting at 56Kbps or less now make up 17.82% of active Internet users, down 0.42 percentage points from 18.24% April 2007 (see Figure 1).
Web Connection Speed Trends – Home Users (US)
Figure 1: Web Connection Speed Trends – Home Users (US)
Broadband Growth Trends in the US
In May 2007, broadband penetration in US homes grew 0.42 percentage points to 82.18% up from 81.76% in April. This increase of 0.42 points is below the average increase in broadband of 0.86 points per month over the last six months (see Figure 2).
Broadband Adoption Growth Trend – Home Users (US)
Figure 2. Broadband Adoption Growth Trend – Home Users (US)
Extrapolated from Nielsen//NetRatings data
As of May 2007, 93.99% of US workers connected to the Internet with broadband, up 0.43 percentage points from the 93.46% share in April. At work 6.01% connect at 56Kbps or less (see Figure 3).
Web Connection Speed Trends – Work Users (US)
Figure 3: Web Connection Speed Trends – Work Users (US)
- Leichtman Research Group
- LRG research notes of 2Q 2007 reported that 53% of all US households now subscribe to a high-speed broadband Internet service.
- Provided the US broadband penetration data for active Internet users for the Bandwidth Report.
- Point Topic
- Worldwide broadband subscribers approached 300 million at the end of March 2007. “Given the prevailing growth rates it is safe to assume that the number has now passed 300 million,â€ says Katja Mueller, Research Director at Point Topic. June 13, 2007.