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A Pew Research Center study released in May estimated 18 percent of American households are "hyper-connected," meaning they have 10 or more connected devices. Meanwhile, 39 percent of households, the study found, contain at least one streaming media device, such as a Roku, Apple TV or Google Chromecast that customers use to access services such as Netflix and Hulu, along with livestreaming TV options such as Playstation Vue. It’s gotten to the point where most players across the cable industry now have more internet subscribers than cable subscribers. For example, Comcast Corp., the country's largest cable provider, had its broadband subscriber count surpass its cable count more than two years ago. "We're using the internet for more than just surfing the web and sending emails," said Jeff Kagan, an Atlanta telecommunications industry analyst. "We're using the internet to download movies, which are huge files, and to watch live television, which uses enormous amounts of data." So as internet demand has increased, so has internet speed, from dial-up in the 1990s to the 1-gigabit service being rolled out in city after city across the country. RCN, which is using the DOCSIS 3.1 platform, has already rolled out the 1-gigabit service to its other markets, including New York City, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. "If you're going to be in the game, you have to keep getting faster," Kagan said. "It's just that simple."

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