One million up for broadband

Broadband connections in Australia have passed the one million mark according to a government report.

In June 2004, broadband connections numbered 1,047,800, said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's latest Snapshot of Broadband Deployment report.

The reporting period coincided with another round of price fixing that saw several major ISPs reduce their charges.

The latest reporting quarter showed the greatest increase in take-up since the survey began, with 218,500 connections recorded.

The report was based on data collected from eight major carriers.

Take-up comparisons with other nations however have consistently shown Australia lags behind much of the developed world in broadband access.

The federal opposition and Telstra customers have routinely criticised the telco's rural broadband services.

DSL services continued to be the most popular form of broadband access, the report said.

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