NCTA Boasts Of Broadband Rollout In Mid-Year Industry Overview
The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) today released its 2004 Mid-Year Industry Overview, which revealed that 95 million U.S. TV households (representing 88 percent of total U.S. homes passed by cable) receive advanced broadband technology from the cable-TV industry. In addition, the cable industry’s wide- scale deployment of interactive, consumer-friendly services continued at a rapid pace during the first half of 2004.
The NCTA reported that the traditional cable service offerings of basic and digital television are, in many communities, now supplemented by such new interactive TV services as Video-On-Demand (VOD), Digital Video Recorders (DVR), high-speed Internet service, high-definition TV (HDTV) and local telephone service.
Cable operators have invested $85 billion – or $1,200 per customer – since 1996 to upgrade networks with fiber-optic broadband technology that provides a platform for the delivery of multiple interactive services, NCTA officials said.