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Cable slows, DBS sprints

For the first time, B&C adds satellite providers to the annual ranking 6/03/2001 08:00:00 PM Eastern



1. AT&T Broadband and Internet Services

Top executive: Dan Somers, CEO

183 Inverness Dr. West Englewood, Colo. 80112

720-267-7000

www.attbroadband.com

Ownership: AT&T Corp. publicly traded

Homes passed: 28M

Basic subscribers: 15.9M

Basic penetration: 57%

Digital-ready homes: All

Digital subs: 3.125M

Digital penetration: 19.7%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 14.47

High-speed Internet subs: 1.28M

Internet penetration: 8.3%

Major clusters: Boston, Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Miami

2. Time Warner Cable

Top executive: Joseph J. Collins, chairman, CEO

290 Harbor Dr.

Stamford, Conn. 06902

203-328-0600

www.aoltimewarner.com

Ownership: AOL/Time Warner

Homes passed: 21M

Basic subscribers: 12.8M

Basic penetration: 64%

Digital-ready homes: 10.5M

Digital subs: 2.2M

Digital penetration: 20%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 10.5M

High-speed Internet subs: 1.2M

Internet penetration: 12%

Major clusters: New York City; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; Houston; Raleigh, N.C.; Milwaukee

3. DirectTV

Top executive: Odie Donald, president

2230 E. Imperial Hwy.

El Segundo, Calif. 90245

www.directv.com

Ownership: Hughes Electronics

Subscribers (digital): 9.8M

4. Comcast

Top executive: Steven B. Burke, president

1500 Market St.

Philadelphia, Pa., 19102

215-665-1700

www.comcast.com

Ownership: Comcast Corp.

Homes passed: 12.5M

Basic subscribers: 7.73M

Basic penetration:61.6%

Digital-ready homes: 7.2M

Digital subs: 1.56M

Digital penetration: 21.6%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 7.9M

High-speed Internet subs: 542,100

Internet penetration: 6.9%

Major clusters: Mid-Atlantic states super cluster (New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Delaware; Maryland; Washington, D.C.), Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, New Mexico

5. Charter Communications

Top executive: Jerry Kent, president, CEO

12444 Powerscourt Dr., Ste. 100

St. Louis, Mo. 63131

314-965-0555

www.chartercom.com

Ownership: Paul Allen,

publicly traded

Homes passed: 10.3M

Basic subscribers: 6.35M

Basic penetration: 61.9%

Digital-ready homes: 8.81M

Digital subs: 1.34M

Digital penetration: 15.2%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 5.69M

High-speed Internet subs: 343,300

Internet penetration: 6%

Major clusters: Los Angeles; St. Louis; Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.; Madison, Wis; Atlanta; Charlestown, W.Va.; Fort Worth, Texas

6. Cox Communications

Top executive: Jim Robbins, president, CEO

1400 Lake Hearn Dr. NE

Atlanta, Ga. 30319

404-843-5000

www.cox.com

Ownership: 65% owned by Cox Enterprises, publicly traded

Homes passed: 10M

Basic subscribers: 6.2M

Basic penetration: 63.1%

Digital-ready homes: 8.1M

Digital subs: 960,000

Digital penetration: 11.8%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 7.7M

High-speed Internet subs: 587,000

Internet penetration: 7.6%

Major clusters: Phoenix; San Diego; New England area; Hampton Roads, Va.; Orange County, Calif.; Oklahoma City; Omaha, Neb.; New Orleans

7. Adelphia Communications

Top executive: John J. Rigas, chairman, president, CEO

1 N. Main St.

Coudersport, Pa. 16915

814-274-9830

www.adelphia.net

Ownership: Publicly traded

Homes passed: 9.28M

Basic subscribers: 5.7M

Basic penetration: 62%

Digital-ready homes: 5.4M

Digital-ready subs: 1.2M

Digital penetration: 22%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 5.79M

High-speed Internet subs: 196,941

Internet penetration: 3.4%

Major clusters: Los Angeles; Pennsylvania; Ohio; New York; Florida; Virginia; Colorado Springs, Colo.

8. DISH Network

Top Executive: Charlie Ergen, chairman, CEO

5701 S. Santa Fe Dr.

Littleton, Colo. 80120

www.dishnetwork.com

Ownership: EchoStar Communications Corp.

Subscribers (digital): 5.7M

9. Cablevision Systems

Top executive: James L. Dolan, president, CEO

1111 Stewart Ave.

Bethpage, N.Y. 11714

516-803-2300

www.cablevision.com

Ownership: Cablevision Systems Corp.

Homes passed: 4.31M

Basic subscribers: 2.97M

Basic penetration: 68.9%

Digital-ready homes: 0

Digital subs: 0

Digital penetration: 0%

High-speed Internet-ready homes:2.34M

High-speed Internet subs: 303,841

Internet penetration: 13%

Major clusters: New York, Massachusetts

10. Insight Communications

Top executive: Michael Willner, president, CEO

810 Seventh Ave.

New York, N.Y. 10019

212-371-2266

www.insight-com.com

Ownership: publicly held

Homes passed: 2.34M

Basic subscribers: 1.41M

Basic penetration: 59.5%

Digital-ready homes: 1.10M

Digital subs: 182,900

Digital penetration: 16.6%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 1.57M

High-speed Internet subs: 63,300

Internet penetration: 4%

Major clusters: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky

11. Mediacom

Top executive: Rocco B. Commisso, chairman

100 Crystal Run Rd.

Middletown, N.Y. 10941

845-695-2600

www.mediacomcc.com

Ownership: Rocco B. Commisso 31% financial, 86% voting power

Homes passed: 1.18M

Basic subscribers: 777,000

Basic penetration:66%

Digital-ready homes:470,000

Digital subs: 53,000

Digital penetration: 11.3%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 500,000

High-speed Internet subs: 15,600

Internet penetration: 3.1%

Major clusters: Dagsboro, Del.; Hendersonville, N. C.; Lake Minnetonka, Minn.; Gulf Breeze, Fla.; Mobile, Ala.

12. Cable One

Top executive: Thomas O. Might, CEO, president

1314 N. 3rd St., 3rd Floor

Phoenix, Ariz. 85004

602-364-6000

www.cableone.net

Ownership: 100% owned by The Washington Post Co.

Homes passed: 1.20 M

Basic subscribers:767,997

Basic penetration: 64%

Digital-ready homes: 993,271

Digital subs: 104,267

Digital penetration: 16.4%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 787,177

High-speed Internet subs: 16,483

Internet penetration: 3.3%

Major clusters:Idaho, Gulf Coast of Mississippi

13. RCN Corp.

Top executive:David C. McCourt, chairman

105 Carnegie Center

Princeton, N.J. 08540

609-734-3700

www.rcn.com

Ownership:Level 3 Communications 30.4%; Vulcan Ventures (Paul Allen) 27.3%; Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst 7.6%

Homes passed: 1.55 M

Basic subscribers: 443,011

Basic penetration: 25%

Digital-ready homes: N/A

Digital subs: N/A

Digital penetration:N/A

High-speed Internet-ready homes:1.18 M

High-speed Internet subs: 80,992

Internet penetration: 7%

Major clusters: New York; Philadelphia suburbs; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; San Francisco; Los Angeles

14. Classic Cable

Top executive: Dale Bennet, president, COO

6561 Paluxy Dr.

Tyler, Texas 75703

903-581-2121

www.classic-cable.com

Ownership: Public

Homes passed:732,000

Basic subscribers: 377,000

Basic penetration: 52%

Digital-ready homes: 622,000

Digital subs:35,000

Digital penetration:9%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 55,000

High-speed Internet subs:900

Internet penetration:2%

Major clusters:Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma

15. Ameritech

Top executive: David L. Mahachek, president

300 S. Riverside, Ste. 1800 N.

Chicago, Ill. 60606

800-257-0902

www.ameritech.com

Ownership: Ameritech

Homes passed: 1.2 mil

Basic subscribers: 310,000 approx.

Basic penetration: N/A

Digital-ready homes: 1.4 M

Digital subs:N/A

Digital penetration:N/A

High-speed Internet-ready homes:0

High-speed Internet subs:0

Internet penetration:0

Major clusters:Chicago; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit

16. Service Electric Cable TV

Top executive: Margaret Walson, CEO

201 W. Center St.

Mahanoy City, Pa. 17948

570-773-2585

www.seco-tv.com

Ownership: Walson family

Homes passed: 414,000

Basic subscribers: 295,000

Basic penetration: 71%

Digital-ready homes: 100,000

Digital subs: 29,500.

Digital penetration:10.5%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 211,000

High-speed Internet subs: 4,500

Internet penetration: 2%

Major clusters:Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Sparta, N.J.

17. Tele-Media Corp.

Top executive: Robert E. Tudek, chairman, CEO, president

320 West College Ave.

Pleasant Gap, Pa.

814-359-3481

Ownership: Robert E. Tudek and Everett I. Mundy

Homes passed: 351,402

Basic subscribers: 257,660

Basic penetration: 73.3%

Digital-ready homes: 255,900

Digital subs: 6,902

Digital penetration: 2.7%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 20,400

High-speed Internet subs: 204

Internet penetration: 0.1%

Major clusters: Seymour-Waterbury, Conn.; Hopewell-Petersburg, Va.; Frostburg-Hancock, Md./Keyser, Northfork-Iaeger-Bradshaw, W. Va.; Zion-Kylertown, Pa.; Bald Head Island, N.C.

18. Northland Communications

Top executive: John S. Whetzell, chairman

1201 Third Ave.

Seattle, Wash. 98101

206-621-1351

Ownership: NTC, privately held by more than 100 individual shareholders, with the officers controlling over 35% of the outstanding shares

Homes passed: 409,000

Basic subscribers: 248,000

Basic penetration: 61%

Digital-ready homes:165,000

Digital subs: 17,000

Digital penetration: 10%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: N/A

High-speed Internet subs: N/A

Internet penetration: N/A

Major clusters:Texas, Northwest, Southeast

19. Armstrong Utilities

Top executive: Michael Haislip, president

1 Armstrong Pl.

Butler, Pa. 16001

724-283-0925

www.amstrongcable.com

Ownership: Privately held

Homes passed: 274,237

Basic subscribers: 208,719

Basic penetration:76.1%

Digital-ready homes: 124,570

Digital subs:5,689

Digital penetration:4.5%

High-speed Internet-ready homes:124,570

High-speed Internet subs: 17,407

Internet penetration: 14%

Major clusters: Pittsburgh; Youngstown, Ohio

20. Midcontinent Communications

Top executive: Larry Bentson, CEO

7900 Xerses Ave. S., Ste. 1100

Minneapolis, Minn. 55431

952-844-2600

www.midcom.com

Ownership: Midcontinent Communications

Homes passed: 362,600

Basic subscribers: 205,000

Basic penetration: 56.5%

Digital-ready homes:270,000

Digital subs: 15,000

Digital penetration: 5.5%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 200,000

High-speed Internet subs: 13,500

Internet penetration: 6.75%

Major clusters: Sioux Falls, S.D.; Bismarck, N. D.; Rapid City-Black Hills, S.D.

21. Susquehanna Cable

Top executive:Peter Brubaker, CEO

140 E. Market St.

York, Pa. 17401

717-848-5500

www.susqcomm.com

Ownership: Susquehanna Media

Homes passed: 260,000

Basic subscribers: 193,000

Basic penetration:74.2%

Digital-ready homes: 188,000

Digital subs: 24,000

Digital penetration:12.8%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 147,000

High-speed Internet subs: 10,000

Internet penetration:6.8%

Major clusters: York, Pa.; Williamsport, Pa.

22. Millennium Digital Media

Top executive: Kevin R. Westbrook, president, CEO

120 S. Central Ave., Ste. 150

St. Louis, Mo. 63105

314-802-2400

www.mdm.net

Ownership: Privately held

Homes passed: 325,000

Basic subscribers:175,000

Basic penetration: 54%

Digital-ready homes:212,000

Digital subs: 16,000

Digital penetration:7.5%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 160,000

High-speed Internet subs: 10,200

Internet penetration:6.4%

Major clusters: Baltimore

suburbs; Michigan (Lansing, Flint, Detroit corridor); metro, suburban and ex-urban Seattle; suburban Portland, Ore.; ex-urban Idaho

23. Blue Ridge Cable/ Pencor Services

Top executive: Fred A. Reinhard, chairman

613 Third St.

Palmerton, Pa. 18071

610-826-2552

www.brctv.com

Ownership: Pencor Services Inc.

Homes passed: 184,000

Basic subscribers: 170,000

Basic penetration:92%

Digital-ready homes:N/A

Digital subs: 3500

Digital penetration:N/A

High-speed Internet-ready homes: N/A

High-speed Internet subs: 6,500

Internet penetration: N/A

Major clusters: Stroudsburg, Pa.; Lehighton, Pa.

24. U.S. Cable Corp

Top executive: James D. Pearson, president

Montvale Plaza

28 W. Grand Ave.

Montvale, N.J. 07645

201-930-9000

Ownership: Private partnership

Homes passed: 277,535

Basic subscribers: 157,429

Basic penetration: 56.7%

Digital-ready homes: 139,647

Digital subs: 9,348

Digital penetration: 6.7%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 12,898

High-speed Internet subs:181

Internet penetration: 3.2%

Major clusters: Charleston, S.C.; Northern Minneapolis; Hobbs, N.M.; Hannibal, Miss.

25. Galaxy Cablevision

Top executive: Tom Gleason, chairman

1220 N. Main St.

Sikeston, Mont. 63801

573-472-8200

www.galaxycable.com

Ownership: Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co., T.A. Associates, Tom Gleason

Homes passed: 327,393

Basic subscribers: 151,141

Basic penetration: 48%

Digital-ready homes: 35,155

Digital subs:4,776

Digital penetration: 13.5%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 28,930

High-speed Internet subs: 1,644

Internet penetration: 5.7%

Major clusters: Oxford, Miss.; Wilber, Neb.; Alma, Mont.; Graves County, Ky.

Multiple-System Top 25 Operators
Company Total Subs
1 AT&T 15.9M
2 Time Warner 12.8M
3 DirectTV 9.8M
4 Comcast 7.73M
5 Charter 6.35M
6 Cox 6.2M
7 Adelphia 5.72M
8 EchoStar 5.7M
9 Cablevision 2.97M
10 Insight 1.41M
11 Mediacom 777,000
12 Cable One 767,997
13 RCN 443,011
14 Classic Cable 377,000
15 Ameritech 310,000
16 Service Electric 295,000
17 Tele-Media 257,660
18 Northland 248,000
19 Armstrong Utilities 208,719
20 Midcontinent 205,000
21 Susquehanna 193,000
22 Millennium Digital 175,000
23 Blue Ridge/Pencor 170,000
24 U.S. Cable 157,429
25 Galaxy Cablevision 151,141

EchoStar adds DBS subscribers so quickly that it could spawn the equivalent of the 11th-largest cable operator every quarter, with about 460,000 subscribers. By the end of the year, the 1.7 million new subscribers it expects to generate would make it the 9th-largest operator, just behind Cablevision Systems Corp.

DirecTV is growing at a slower pace, adding enough subscribers to create the 15th-largest operator each quarter and the 10th-largest operator each year.

Meanwhile, cable operators plod along with 1-2% annual growth, with the entire industry adding a million or so subscribers per year. That's basically the rate at which new households are created.

The only thing cable operators can brag about is having beaten predictions that their subscriber counts would be declining by now.

The magnitude of DBS' continuing surge is one of the starkest patterns that emerges from BROADCASTING & CABLE's annual compilation of the Top 25 MSOs. This year, for the first time, we're including EchoStar and DirecTV in what has historically been a list of cable operators. Previously, the compilation had noted the DBS providers in a sidebar. But that distinction is becoming increasingly irrelevant. DirecTV and EchoStar have grown to become the third- and eighth-largest multichannel video providers, respectively. And while, even after six years, some Wall Street players speak of DBS as "maturing," the DBS segment, compared with cable, is a quickly maturing teenager.

Except for the addition of DirecTV and EchoStar, the ranks of operators haven't changed much. Overbuilder RCN Corp. added 50% to its subscriber base, the only overbuilder not yet hitting a cash crunch. RCN would have risen two notches from last year's 13th rank had the DBS operators not been mixed in.

The cable consolidation wave has pretty much ceased. America Online completed its takeover of Time Warner, but that does not count as consolidation. In last year's list, merger activity was so frenzied that nine of 1999's Top 25 MSOs had disappeared into the bowels of larger operators.

In the past 12 months, only one Top-25 operator was sold. GS Communications, which squeaked into the 25th rank last year, was acquired by Adelphia Communications, which had initially agreed to pay an astonishing $6,200 per subscriber. After going to court over the deal after the tech markets soured, though, Adelphia managed to chisel the price down by about $1,000 per subscriber.

Other cable transactions have pretty much involved trades or straight sales by AT&T Broadband. The other major move is the completion of Cablevision Systems' shedding of all systems outside the metro-New York market. That includes not just minor markets like Kalamazoo (which went to Charter) but Cablevision's lucrative Boston cluster (bought by AT&T).

AT&T remains the largest operator, despite falling from 16.4 million subscribers to 15.9 million through system sales. The cutoff for the list is Galaxy Cablevision's 150,000 subscribers, whose financial troubles will probably lead it to sell systems or sell out entirely.

Among the interesting patterns in this year's list is how much progress operators are making in digital cable. It took a while for many large operators to risk the capital required to widely deploy digital cable.

A year ago, AT&T, which started pushing digital heavily in 1996, had sold the product to about 10% of subscribers on systems with digital available. This year, they've doubled it to 20%. More interesting is that latecomers are doing just as well. Charter Communications went from 3.3% penetration to 15% in a year, adding more than 1 million subscribers. AOL Time Warner Cable went from 4.9% penetration to 20%, adding 1.6 million digital subs. Adelphia has the highest digital penetration, at 22%. Several operators have zero: Cablevision, RCN, Ameritech and Blue Ridge Cable. But Cablevision plans an exceptionally aggressive strategy of putting digital-cable converters in about 50% of its homes over three years beginning in the fall.

Cable modem penetration is less impressive. Some MSOs have managed to break into the double-digit penetration with their high-speed Internet service: Time Warner Cable 12%, Cablevision 13% and tiny Armstrong Utilities 14%. But other major operators are hovering in the 6% to 7% range after three or four years of deploying and peddling the product. Part of the problem is competition from telcos' DSL service. But operators seem to have not yet been able to convince many users that the $30 to $40 extra a month is worth it.

The data for this listing were gathered primarily from the companies themselves, and the ranking was determined by the number of basic subscribers. In the case of uncooperative companies, we rely on securities and other regulatory filings or estimates by analysts, industry executives and, sometimes, former employees of the company. In a few instances, no reliable estimates were available. Those items are marked N/A.



1. AT&T Broadband and Internet Services

Top executive: Dan Somers, CEO

183 Inverness Dr. West Englewood, Colo. 80112

720-267-7000

www.attbroadband.com

Ownership: AT&T Corp. publicly traded

Homes passed: 28M

Basic subscribers: 15.9M

Basic penetration: 57%

Digital-ready homes: All

Digital subs: 3.125M

Digital penetration: 19.7%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 14.47

High-speed Internet subs: 1.28M

Internet penetration: 8.3%

Major clusters: Boston, Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Miami

2. Time Warner Cable

Top executive: Joseph J. Collins, chairman, CEO

290 Harbor Dr.

Stamford, Conn. 06902

203-328-0600

www.aoltimewarner.com

Ownership: AOL/Time Warner

Homes passed: 21M

Basic subscribers: 12.8M

Basic penetration: 64%

Digital-ready homes: 10.5M

Digital subs: 2.2M

Digital penetration: 20%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 10.5M

High-speed Internet subs: 1.2M

Internet penetration: 12%

Major clusters: New York City; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; Houston; Raleigh, N.C.; Milwaukee

3. DirectTV

Top executive: Odie Donald, president

2230 E. Imperial Hwy.

El Segundo, Calif. 90245

www.directv.com

Ownership: Hughes Electronics

Subscribers (digital): 9.8M

4. Comcast

Top executive: Steven B. Burke, president

1500 Market St.

Philadelphia, Pa., 19102

215-665-1700

www.comcast.com

Ownership: Comcast Corp.

Homes passed: 12.5M

Basic subscribers: 7.73M

Basic penetration:61.6%

Digital-ready homes: 7.2M

Digital subs: 1.56M

Digital penetration: 21.6%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 7.9M

High-speed Internet subs: 542,100

Internet penetration: 6.9%

Major clusters: Mid-Atlantic states super cluster (New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Delaware; Maryland; Washington, D.C.), Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, New Mexico

5. Charter Communications

Top executive: Jerry Kent, president, CEO

12444 Powerscourt Dr., Ste. 100

St. Louis, Mo. 63131

314-965-0555

www.chartercom.com

Ownership: Paul Allen,

publicly traded

Homes passed: 10.3M

Basic subscribers: 6.35M

Basic penetration: 61.9%

Digital-ready homes: 8.81M

Digital subs: 1.34M

Digital penetration: 15.2%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 5.69M

High-speed Internet subs: 343,300

Internet penetration: 6%

Major clusters: Los Angeles; St. Louis; Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.; Madison, Wis; Atlanta; Charlestown, W.Va.; Fort Worth, Texas

6. Cox Communications

Top executive: Jim Robbins, president, CEO

1400 Lake Hearn Dr. NE

Atlanta, Ga. 30319

404-843-5000

www.cox.com

Ownership: 65% owned by Cox Enterprises, publicly traded

Homes passed: 10M

Basic subscribers: 6.2M

Basic penetration: 63.1%

Digital-ready homes: 8.1M

Digital subs: 960,000

Digital penetration: 11.8%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 7.7M

High-speed Internet subs: 587,000

Internet penetration: 7.6%

Major clusters: Phoenix; San Diego; New England area; Hampton Roads, Va.; Orange County, Calif.; Oklahoma City; Omaha, Neb.; New Orleans

7. Adelphia Communications

Top executive: John J. Rigas, chairman, president, CEO

1 N. Main St.

Coudersport, Pa. 16915

814-274-9830

www.adelphia.net

Ownership: Publicly traded

Homes passed: 9.28M

Basic subscribers: 5.7M

Basic penetration: 62%

Digital-ready homes: 5.4M

Digital-ready subs: 1.2M

Digital penetration: 22%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 5.79M

High-speed Internet subs: 196,941

Internet penetration: 3.4%

Major clusters: Los Angeles; Pennsylvania; Ohio; New York; Florida; Virginia; Colorado Springs, Colo.

8. DISH Network

Top Executive: Charlie Ergen, chairman, CEO

5701 S. Santa Fe Dr.

Littleton, Colo. 80120

www.dishnetwork.com

Ownership: EchoStar Communications Corp.

Subscribers (digital): 5.7M

9. Cablevision Systems

Top executive: James L. Dolan, president, CEO

1111 Stewart Ave.

Bethpage, N.Y. 11714

516-803-2300

www.cablevision.com

Ownership: Cablevision Systems Corp.

Homes passed: 4.31M

Basic subscribers: 2.97M

Basic penetration: 68.9%

Digital-ready homes: 0

Digital subs: 0

Digital penetration: 0%

High-speed Internet-ready homes:2.34M

High-speed Internet subs: 303,841

Internet penetration: 13%

Major clusters: New York, Massachusetts

10. Insight Communications

Top executive: Michael Willner, president, CEO

810 Seventh Ave.

New York, N.Y. 10019

212-371-2266

www.insight-com.com

Ownership: publicly held

Homes passed: 2.34M

Basic subscribers: 1.41M

Basic penetration: 59.5%

Digital-ready homes: 1.10M

Digital subs: 182,900

Digital penetration: 16.6%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 1.57M

High-speed Internet subs: 63,300

Internet penetration: 4%

Major clusters: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky

11. Mediacom

Top executive: Rocco B. Commisso, chairman

100 Crystal Run Rd.

Middletown, N.Y. 10941

845-695-2600

www.mediacomcc.com

Ownership: Rocco B. Commisso 31% financial, 86% voting power

Homes passed: 1.18M

Basic subscribers: 777,000

Basic penetration:66%

Digital-ready homes:470,000

Digital subs: 53,000

Digital penetration: 11.3%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 500,000

High-speed Internet subs: 15,600

Internet penetration: 3.1%

Major clusters: Dagsboro, Del.; Hendersonville, N. C.; Lake Minnetonka, Minn.; Gulf Breeze, Fla.; Mobile, Ala.

12. Cable One

Top executive: Thomas O. Might, CEO, president

1314 N. 3rd St., 3rd Floor

Phoenix, Ariz. 85004

602-364-6000

www.cableone.net

Ownership: 100% owned by The Washington Post Co.

Homes passed: 1.20 M

Basic subscribers:767,997

Basic penetration: 64%

Digital-ready homes: 993,271

Digital subs: 104,267

Digital penetration: 16.4%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 787,177

High-speed Internet subs: 16,483

Internet penetration: 3.3%

Major clusters:Idaho, Gulf Coast of Mississippi

13. RCN Corp.

Top executive:David C. McCourt, chairman

105 Carnegie Center

Princeton, N.J. 08540

609-734-3700

www.rcn.com

Ownership:Level 3 Communications 30.4%; Vulcan Ventures (Paul Allen) 27.3%; Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst 7.6%

Homes passed: 1.55 M

Basic subscribers: 443,011

Basic penetration: 25%

Digital-ready homes: N/A

Digital subs: N/A

Digital penetration:N/A

High-speed Internet-ready homes:1.18 M

High-speed Internet subs: 80,992

Internet penetration: 7%

Major clusters: New York; Philadelphia suburbs; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; San Francisco; Los Angeles

14. Classic Cable

Top executive: Dale Bennet, president, COO

6561 Paluxy Dr.

Tyler, Texas 75703

903-581-2121

www.classic-cable.com

Ownership: Public

Homes passed:732,000

Basic subscribers: 377,000

Basic penetration: 52%

Digital-ready homes: 622,000

Digital subs:35,000

Digital penetration:9%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 55,000

High-speed Internet subs:900

Internet penetration:2%

Major clusters:Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma

15. Ameritech

Top executive: David L. Mahachek, president

300 S. Riverside, Ste. 1800 N.

Chicago, Ill. 60606

800-257-0902

www.ameritech.com

Ownership: Ameritech

Homes passed: 1.2 mil

Basic subscribers: 310,000 approx.

Basic penetration: N/A

Digital-ready homes: 1.4 M

Digital subs:N/A

Digital penetration:N/A

High-speed Internet-ready homes:0

High-speed Internet subs:0

Internet penetration:0

Major clusters:Chicago; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit

16. Service Electric Cable TV

Top executive: Margaret Walson, CEO

201 W. Center St.

Mahanoy City, Pa. 17948

570-773-2585

www.seco-tv.com

Ownership: Walson family

Homes passed: 414,000

Basic subscribers: 295,000

Basic penetration: 71%

Digital-ready homes: 100,000

Digital subs: 29,500.

Digital penetration:10.5%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 211,000

High-speed Internet subs: 4,500

Internet penetration: 2%

Major clusters:Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Sparta, N.J.

17. Tele-Media Corp.

Top executive: Robert E. Tudek, chairman, CEO, president

320 West College Ave.

Pleasant Gap, Pa.

814-359-3481

Ownership: Robert E. Tudek and Everett I. Mundy

Homes passed: 351,402

Basic subscribers: 257,660

Basic penetration: 73.3%

Digital-ready homes: 255,900

Digital subs: 6,902

Digital penetration: 2.7%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 20,400

High-speed Internet subs: 204

Internet penetration: 0.1%

Major clusters: Seymour-Waterbury, Conn.; Hopewell-Petersburg, Va.; Frostburg-Hancock, Md./Keyser, Northfork-Iaeger-Bradshaw, W. Va.; Zion-Kylertown, Pa.; Bald Head Island, N.C.

18. Northland Communications

Top executive: John S. Whetzell, chairman

1201 Third Ave.

Seattle, Wash. 98101

206-621-1351

Ownership: NTC, privately held by more than 100 individual shareholders, with the officers controlling over 35% of the outstanding shares

Homes passed: 409,000

Basic subscribers: 248,000

Basic penetration: 61%

Digital-ready homes:165,000

Digital subs: 17,000

Digital penetration: 10%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: N/A

High-speed Internet subs: N/A

Internet penetration: N/A

Major clusters:Texas, Northwest, Southeast

19. Armstrong Utilities

Top executive: Michael Haislip, president

1 Armstrong Pl.

Butler, Pa. 16001

724-283-0925

www.amstrongcable.com

Ownership: Privately held

Homes passed: 274,237

Basic subscribers: 208,719

Basic penetration:76.1%

Digital-ready homes: 124,570

Digital subs:5,689

Digital penetration:4.5%

High-speed Internet-ready homes:124,570

High-speed Internet subs: 17,407

Internet penetration: 14%

Major clusters: Pittsburgh; Youngstown, Ohio

20. Midcontinent Communications

Top executive: Larry Bentson, CEO

7900 Xerses Ave. S., Ste. 1100

Minneapolis, Minn. 55431

952-844-2600

www.midcom.com

Ownership: Midcontinent Communications

Homes passed: 362,600

Basic subscribers: 205,000

Basic penetration: 56.5%

Digital-ready homes:270,000

Digital subs: 15,000

Digital penetration: 5.5%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 200,000

High-speed Internet subs: 13,500

Internet penetration: 6.75%

Major clusters: Sioux Falls, S.D.; Bismarck, N. D.; Rapid City-Black Hills, S.D.

21. Susquehanna Cable

Top executive:Peter Brubaker, CEO

140 E. Market St.

York, Pa. 17401

717-848-5500

www.susqcomm.com

Ownership: Susquehanna Media

Homes passed: 260,000

Basic subscribers: 193,000

Basic penetration:74.2%

Digital-ready homes: 188,000

Digital subs: 24,000

Digital penetration:12.8%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 147,000

High-speed Internet subs: 10,000

Internet penetration:6.8%

Major clusters: York, Pa.; Williamsport, Pa.

22. Millennium Digital Media

Top executive: Kevin R. Westbrook, president, CEO

120 S. Central Ave., Ste. 150

St. Louis, Mo. 63105

314-802-2400

www.mdm.net

Ownership: Privately held

Homes passed: 325,000

Basic subscribers:175,000

Basic penetration: 54%

Digital-ready homes:212,000

Digital subs: 16,000

Digital penetration:7.5%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 160,000

High-speed Internet subs: 10,200

Internet penetration:6.4%

Major clusters: Baltimore

suburbs; Michigan (Lansing, Flint, Detroit corridor); metro, suburban and ex-urban Seattle; suburban Portland, Ore.; ex-urban Idaho

23. Blue Ridge Cable/ Pencor Services

Top executive: Fred A. Reinhard, chairman

613 Third St.

Palmerton, Pa. 18071

610-826-2552

www.brctv.com

Ownership: Pencor Services Inc.

Homes passed: 184,000

Basic subscribers: 170,000

Basic penetration:92%

Digital-ready homes:N/A

Digital subs: 3500

Digital penetration:N/A

High-speed Internet-ready homes: N/A

High-speed Internet subs: 6,500

Internet penetration: N/A

Major clusters: Stroudsburg, Pa.; Lehighton, Pa.

24. U.S. Cable Corp

Top executive: James D. Pearson, president

Montvale Plaza

28 W. Grand Ave.

Montvale, N.J. 07645

201-930-9000

Ownership: Private partnership

Homes passed: 277,535

Basic subscribers: 157,429

Basic penetration: 56.7%

Digital-ready homes: 139,647

Digital subs: 9,348

Digital penetration: 6.7%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 12,898

High-speed Internet subs:181

Internet penetration: 3.2%

Major clusters: Charleston, S.C.; Northern Minneapolis; Hobbs, N.M.; Hannibal, Miss.

25. Galaxy Cablevision

Top executive: Tom Gleason, chairman

1220 N. Main St.

Sikeston, Mont. 63801

573-472-8200

www.galaxycable.com

Ownership: Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co., T.A. Associates, Tom Gleason

Homes passed: 327,393

Basic subscribers: 151,141

Basic penetration: 48%

Digital-ready homes: 35,155

Digital subs:4,776

Digital penetration: 13.5%

High-speed Internet-ready homes: 28,930

High-speed Internet subs: 1,644

Internet penetration: 5.7%

Major clusters: Oxford, Miss.; Wilber, Neb.; Alma, Mont.; Graves County, Ky.

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