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The broadband providers that comprise the nation’s Internet ecosystem have long been the subject of fierce debates and often contentious legal battles.
Now, a new report says they’re the most lucrative broadband providers out there, but they also have the lowest rates, and are a lot less affordable.
The Pew Research Center report, “The Internet’s Top Ten Broadband Providers,” is based on survey responses from more than 1,200 U.S. broadband users between January and July of this year.
The survey is considered the most comprehensive on the subject.
“We looked at the ISPs, and they are the providers of the Internet,” said Sarah Hirsch, the director of the Center for the Study of Civic Learning and Engagement at UCLA.
“We looked specifically at what is the biggest single market, the biggest one for broadband.”
The report found that Comcast topped the list of top broadband providers, with a whopping 90 percent of respondents giving it a thumbs-up.
The largest ISP in the survey was AT&T, with 83 percent of the respondents giving the company a thumbs up.
AT&s was followed by Verizon, with 82 percent of subscribers giving the ISP a thumbs down.
The report did not measure which ISPs were profitable, or which are the least profitable.
However, it does look at which ISPs are the fastest growing, which is where things get interesting.
“You have two industries where there are very clear winners and losers,” said David Cohen, a senior vice president at The Information, an information and communications technology firm.
“You have broadband providers and cable companies.
It’s really important to think about what’s driving them.”
The top 10 broadband providers have a combined annual revenue of about $7 billion.
They are Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Charter Communications, CenturyLink, Comcast and Charter Communications of Texas.
In the U.K., the top 10 ISPs are Virgin Media, BT, Sky and BT Sport.
There are also a number of companies that have become profitable over the past decade or so, including Comcast, Verizon and Verizon Business.
But they are all in the same range of operating profit, with the exception of Charter Communications and Charter in the U, and BT in the European Union.
Comcast, Time, Verizon Business and Charter are the largest companies in the country, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, said Hirsch.
“They have very diverse business models.
They have some that are very profitable, like Comcast, but some of them are less profitable, and some of those that are profitable they have to make some choices.
If you’re making decisions in one market and you’re not making decisions on other markets, it makes sense to do that,” Hirsch said.”
If you are not doing that, then you are going to be in a difficult position.
So, if you’re doing that you’re going to have a lot of competition, and you will be in an uphill battle to maintain your market share.”
The biggest difference between Comcast and the other ISPs, said Cohen, is that “in some markets Comcast is the only one that has an established cable company.”
The bottom line, he said, is “the only one of the big three that is not going to go out and get more of their own customer base.”