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March 14, 2006 at 8:25 AM

Broadband penetration hits 68 percent

The number of people using high-speed Internet from home in the U.S. jumped 28 percent in the past year, from 74.3 million in February 2005 to 95.5 million in February 2006, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.

That’s consistent with annual growth of at least 10 percent for the past three years. In February, that meant that 68 percent of active Internet users were on broadband. Overall, 74 percent of the U.S. population has access to the Internet at home.

Nielsen also said that a number of video sites, including MSN Video, are seeing some impressive growth as those high-speed connections allow people to watch more streaming video online.

MSN Video grew 44 percent in a year to receive 9.3 million unique visitors in February. YouTube was fairly unknown a year ago, but now it’s getting nearly MSN-level traffic, with 9 million visitors that month. Google Video also went from hardly any usage to 6.2 million visitors. iFilm grew 102 percent to 4.3 million users and Yahoo!’s video search grew 148 percent to 3.8 million.

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