US broadband Internet usage up 34% in 2004

High-speed Internet use by US businesses and households rose 34% in 2004 to 37.9 mln lines, according to US FCC. DSL service increased 45% to 13.8 mln lines. Cable modem use climbed 30% to 21.4 mln lines. Other Internet connections using wireless and satellite increased by 50% to 500,000 in 2004, while use of optical fiber and powerlines rose 16% to 700,000.