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May Bandwidth Report - US Broadband Penetration Breaks 35%
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Broadband penetration in US homes jumped 1.7% in April. Thirty-Five percent of wired homes in the US enjoy a broadband connection.
 
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May 2003 Bandwidth Report
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How fast are most connection speeds in the US? How far has broadband penetrated into the US? The following statistics, derived from Nielsen//NetRatings data, show trends in connection speeds to the Internet. 

Home Connectivity in the US:

As of April 2003, most users in the US connect to the Internet using dial-up modems of 56Kbps or less. 51.13% use 56Kbps modems, 9.47% use 28/33.3Kbps, and 3.95% use 14.4Kbps modems. All told 64.55% of home users in the US connect to the Internet at 56Kbps or less.  (See the May 2003 Bandwidth Report.)

Broadband Growth in the US:

Broadband penetration in US homes jumped 1.7% in April. As of April 2003 broadband penetration was at 35.45%, up from 33.78% in March. This is higher than the average increase in broadband of 1.2% per month from October 2002 to March 2003. Extrapolating the data provided by Nielsen//NetRatings, broadband share in the US should exceed 50% by June of 2004.  (See the May 2003 Bandwidth Report.)

Work Connectivity:

Most workers in the US enjoy high-speed connections to the Internet. Most use a high-speed line such as a T1 connection, and share bandwidth between computers connected to a network. The speed of each connection decreases as more employees hook up to the LAN. As of April of 2003, of those connected to the Internet, 69.3% of US users at work enjoy a high-speed connection, up from 68.9% in March. 30.7% connect from work at 56Kbps or less.
(See the May 2003 Bandwidth Report.)

About The Bandwidth Report:

The Bandwidth Report is a monthly roundup of connectivity trends in the US and elsewhere. Each month's bandwidth report offers the latest statistics in Internet connectivity and broadband trends, including: 

• Home Connectivity in the US 
• Broadband Growth in the US 
• Work Connectivity 
• Broadband Trends in the US, Canada, and other countries 

The May 2003 Bandwidth Report is available at:
http://www.websiteoptimization.com/bw/0305/

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Don't Make Me Wait! The new book titled "Speed Up Your Site - Web Site Optimization" by Andy King, and the companion web site are about designing "speedy" web sites with techniques that... 

• Cut file size and download times in half 
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• Engage users with fast response times and flow stimulus 
• Increase usability, boost profits, and slash bandwidth costs 
• Improve search engine rankings 

Andrew B. King is also the founder of WebReference.com and JavaScript.com, both award-winning developer sites from internet.com. Created in 1995 and subsequently acquired by 
Mecklermedia (now Jupitermedia) in 1997, WebReference has grown into one of the most popular developer sites on the Internet.  While he was Managing Editor of WebReference.com and JavaScript.com, Andy became the "Usability Czar" at internet.com, where he optimized the speed and usability of their sites. In addition to his consulting work, he continues to write the three weekly newsletters he started for WebReference.com and JavaScript.com. 

For a review copy of "Speed Up Your Site - Web Site Optimization" (New Riders, ISBN 0-7357-1324-3) or an interview with the author, contact: Matt Hockin, 503.246.1375, 
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