Second quarter statistics supplied by the nation’s top eight fixed line phone service carriers reflect a first-ever net loss in broadband subscribers, in contrast to the top four cable companies, which reported a gain of 290,000 broadband customers for the period. A review of second quarter reports conducted by the Associated Press reveals that AT&T, Verizon Communications and six other major fixed line carriers collectively lost 70,000 broadband Internet subscribers during the April-June timeframe. While most of the carriers reported slight net gains of a few thousand broadband customers, AT&T suffered the bulk of the losses with 96,000 canceled subscriptions. Although industry observers stress that the second quarter tends to be weak for the broadband industry as college students terminate their subscriptions at the start of summer break, analysts believe the recent phone industry losses are indicative of broadband subscriber migration to cable companies that now offer download speeds in excess of 100 Mbps in many areas. (Many phone companies, on the other hand, still provide broadband access services through digital subscriber lines that can be 20 times slower than the fastest services offered by cable competitors.) While Verizon Communications’ FiOS Internet service boasts download speeds that meet or exceed those of many cable broadband operators, the company no longer plans to expand its FiOS network to new markets. Also, unlike the cable companies and Verizon’s FiOS network, AT&T’s fiberbased broadband network reaches only to the curb and is carried into subscriber homes through legacy landlines that slow down connection speeds. Statistics for the previous twelve months, during which the nation’s fixed line carriers collectively added 600,000 subscribers, are more encouraging, although cable