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Report from Broadband Forum (a group formerly known as the ADSL forum) says the number is actually about 400 million.

No indication which number to believe so if anyone asks, tell them number is between 400 and 450 million ;)
 

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'Broadband' subscribers is one thing(broadband can be defined as two signals sharing one line).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadband_Internet_access
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadband


But how about 'High Speed' Internet users? And thats 'without' sadistic throttling.

High speed defined as......
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9898118-7.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
• 200Kbps speeds are no longer considered "broadband." Until this point, the FCC has considered any service that produces 200Kbps speeds in the upload or download direction to be "high speed." With Wednesday's vote, that methodology is no more. Now, 768Kbps, which is the entry-level speed offered by major DSL providers like Verizon, will be considered the low end of "basic broadband," a range that extends to under 1.5Mbps.


Some statistics may say that broadband is 'not' a dialup modem.

It's a numbers game. In the States if they use a 5 digit Zip code, a lot of people are connected. If you use a 9 digit Zip code? So many more to hook up....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZIP_code#ZIP_.2B_4
 
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