The cost of residential cable broadband Internet access continued to rise in the second quarter of this year, but only by about 1 percent, according to a new survey by ARS Inc.
Meanwhile, the price of basic ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) declined slightly in the period. This indicates that after nearly 15 months of price increases, the cost of broadband Internet service to the home has leveled off, ARS said.
Cable broadband Internet service prices rose in the second quarter from an average of US$44.95 per month in March to an average of $45.31 per month in June, ARS said. In the same period the average monthly price for ADSL decreased less than 1 percent, declining to $51.36 from an average of $51.82.
The introduction of tiered services will help overall broadband growth, since they provide customers with a choice of pricing packages to which they can migrate, according to Mark Kersey, an ARS analyst cited in the release.
Basic ADSL service is generally a DSL service provider’s lowest bandwidth offering and is the most popular type of DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) among residential users, ARS said. Recent launches of entry-level broadband, which generally offer sub-300Kbps service for under $40, are not included in either the cable or DSL data.
Cable providers control 62 percent of the broadband market, according to ARS, based in La Jolla, California.