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Fewer people in the US are accessing the Net using a narrowband connection, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.

Its latest figures show that 77.4m people in the US used a dial-up connection from home in December - down 10 per cent on the previous year.

By comparison, 33.6m - an annual increase of almost 60 per cent - used a broadband connection from home to access the Net.

"2002 marked an entire year of decline for narrowband usage at home," said Greg Bloom, senior Internet analyst, Nielsen//NetRatings.

"As the broadband infrastructure continues to expand across the US, we expect to see the mainstream online population convert to higher speeds," he said.

The research also found that broadband users do more online than their narrowband counterparts. Which is nice. ®

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