The US added about 3.52 million new broadband subscribers in 2023, an increase similar to 2022, according to the latest figures from Leichtman Research. Fixed-wireless services, over 4G or 5G networks, accounted for all of the growth last year, as cable and telecom operators lost internet customers. 

The figures cover the largest ISPs in the US, which Leichtman estimates are good for about 96 percent of the market. The FWA segment, made up of Verizon and T-Mobile, added a net 3.665 million subscribers in 2023, up from 3.185 million net adds in 2022. That roughly doubles their base year-on-year to almost 7.7 million, or just under 7 percent of the total US broadband market. 

Cable operators continue to provide the bulk of US internet subscriptions, but lost over 63,000 subscribers in 2023 compared to a net gain of 530,000 in 2022. Comcast and Charter were the two leading providers, with respectively 32.3 million and 30.6 million internet customers.  

Among the telecom operators, there was a net gain of 1.97 million fibre broadband customers in 2023, offset by the loss of about 2.05 million other internet customers. Verizon and Frontier showed positive growth, reaching respectively 7.7 million and 2.9 million broadband customers, while market leader AT&T suffered a small decline, to finish with less than 15.3 million internet subscribers. 

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