Dublin, Ireland – (The Hosting News) – February 22, 2006 – A new research report reveals that AOL, Microsoft, EarthLink, Verizon, Comcast, and AT and T are among the largest Internet companies in the U.S.
Research and Markets has compiled the report entitled, ‘Internet Service Providers – Industry Profile’.
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The following is a brief excerpt from the Industry Overview chapter:
”The US Internet services industry includes about 4,000 companies, with combined annual revenue of $30 billion. Large companies include AOL, Microsoft, EarthLink, Verizon, Comcast, and AT and T. Starting as a collection of small companies, the industry is now highly concentrated: the 50 largest companies hold about 80 percent of the market; the four largest companies hold more than 50 percent.
Demand is driven by consumer and business demands for information. The profitability of individual companies depends heavily on volume and efficient operations, as most costs are fixed. Big Internet service providers (ISPs) have large economies of scale in operations, purchasing, and marketing. Small companies can compete successfully by serving small markets or providing technical expertise to customers.
PRODUCTS, OPERATIONS and TECHNOLOGY
Major products are Internet access, website design and hosting, and technical support services. Internet access accounts for about 60 percent of industry revenue. Internet access allows individuals or companies to connect to the Internet over ordinary telephone lines, special telephone lines, cable, or wireless connections (including satellite); website hosting allows users to have an address on the Internet (a website) by maintaining files on a specialized computer called a server; web design and technical services involve designing and constructing websites and consulting on various communications and operations issues; content services, like chat rooms, bulletin boards, and music downloads are provided by some Internet access companies. (This review does not include electronic commerce companies like Google, Amazon, or eBay that sell products or services over … ”
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