The number of broadband Internet subscribers in the U.S. has tripled since 2001, according to a new report from the Federal Communications Commission.

More Americans are migrating to high-speed Internet service, with the number of broadband subscribers tripling in recent years, according to a comprehensive report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The U.S. is making progress in delivering broadband access underserved areas, the report states.

The report also says that the number of users of broadband services (speeds exceeding 200 kbps in both directions) soared to 28 million in December 2003 from 9.6 million in 2001.

Cable modem remains the preferred broadband transmission technology in the U.S., with some 75 percent of advanced Internet-services lines, while DSL holds 15 percent of the market, according to the FCC. The relative positions of cable and DSL were 56 percent and 16.8 percent, respectively, at the time of the last report in June 2001.

Taking a wider view of all high-speed lines, cable-modem service represents 58 percent of such lines, with ADSL at 34 percent as of the end of last year.

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