When compared with urban carriers, rural carriers are seeing less access line loss and more broadband growth on a percentage basis. This is the key finding of our most recent market report, . We studied the broadband growth trends of both urban and rural carriers through calendar year 2008 and offer comparative analysis between the two. Key findings include:

  • Rural telecom carriers enjoyed slightly better sequential broadband growth in 2008 than urban carriers
  • In 2Q08, broadband growth slowed significantly for both sectors, but rural carriers enjoyed roughly a two-to-one sequential rate of growth over their urban counterparts in the period
  • Urban residential broadband growth rebounded in 4Q08, outpacing rural residential broadband growth by over 60 percent
  • Urban carriers lost 10 percent of their access lines between 4Q07 and 4Q08, while rural carriers lost 7.14 percent

The market report is available for free download at

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