Growth in High-Speed Connections

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High-speed lines, including cable and telephone, connecting homes and small businesses to the Internet increased 57% during first half 2000, according to an FCC report. High-speed telephone digital subscriber lines increased by 157%, to almost 1 million lines vs. about 370,000 lines at the end of 1999. High-speed lines over coaxial cable systems increased 59%, to about 2.2 million lines from 1.4 million last year.