The broadband revolution is picking up steam.
The Federal Communications Commission said high-speed Internet connections increased 34% last year, putting a total of 38 million lines in service.
The agency said in Thursday's regular broadband report that growth in Net connections increased throughout 2004, with the first half showing a 15% year-over-year increase and the second-half pace picking up to 17%.
Digital subscriber line use jumped 45% from a year ago, while cable modem lines rose 30%. The news comes as the big telcos and cable companies fight to offer consumers fast Web access as part of the so-called triple threat of Internet, phone and TV service.
Growth in so-called advanced services was robust as well, showing a 42% increase from a year ago.
The report can be downloaded from the FCC-State Link Internet site at