DSL outstrips cable in new subscriptions
For the first year ever, in 2005, there were significantly
more new DSL subscriptions than new cable ones. Cable companies managed to
snag up 4.4 million extra customers, whereas DSL subscribers increased
by 5.2 million, or 18.1% more than cable. Yahoo! News points to the
recent DSL price wars, which lowered some introductory subscription
prices to less than $15 a month, as the cause for DSL's increased
popularity. AT&T, for instance, introduced a $13 per month contract last
year, which is valid for twelve months, after which the subscription
price increases to $30 a month.
With some European DSL providers offering
connections of up to 20Mbit/s for as little as €14.90 ($17.91) a month,
it's good to see affordable DSL making headway in the US market, as well.