Cable companies add 6-11K new voice customers weekly

US homes served by traditional local phone lines are dwindling. Qwest, the smallest of the Bells, lost about 88,000 lines just in the last three months of 2004. By the year-end 2004, BellSouth had 21.4 mln access lines in service, down 4.1% for the year. Top-tier cable operators each add between 6,000 and 11,000 new phone subscribers per week; telephone revenue per operator is set to pass $1 bln this year; and subscriber rolls bulge at a rate of 1,000% a year.