In what is surely good news for remote monitoring vendors, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA - wait, doesn't that stand for transische...) reported 42.1 million Americans now have broadband Internet access.

Of course, let’s just footnote that by noting that US broadband means
higher than 200 Kpbs in at least one direction, so that 256 Kbps
down/128 Kbps service is technically broadband. Still, not too many
cavils need to apply, with the majority of broadband connections noted
in other studies having at least 1 Mbps of downstream speed, with an
increasing minority running 3 to 6 Mbps.

Here are the statistics for the marketing wonks:

The TIA says 4.5m subscribers had broadband in 2000 before cable modems
started to make inroads. Today, 17m broadband subscribers access the
Internet over DSL and 22.5 via cable. The 2009 estimate is 69.2m total
(23.8m DSL, 35.9m cable). Fixed and mobile wireless, satellite
Internet, and fiber to the home will make up the difference, with
nearly 10m subscribers across those technologies. The TIA estimate 1.5m
fixed wireless and 2.0m mobile wireless subscribers.

The study also projects a steady cost for DSL connections, with speeds increasing. Cable modem prices are expected to fall almost 5% annualized over the next 4 years. All in all, this is good news for home health and remote monitoring proponents - broad adoption of broadband connectivity to the Internet will greatly facilitate powerful remote monitoring applications.