Comcast beats profit estimates thanks to boom in Internet users E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons by Laura Lorenzetti @FortuneMagazine July 22, 2014, 8:34 AM EDT Comcast CMCSA , the largest cable company in the U.S., reported a second-quarter profit gain Tuesday that surpassed analysts’ expectations as demand for the company’s Internet services boomed. The cable provider, which is in the midst of acquiring Time Warner Cable TWC , had profits of 76 cents a share, higher than the average analyst estimate of 72 cents a share, according to Bloomberg data. High-speed Internet customers increased by over 200,000, the best second-quarter net additions in six years, the company announced. The average monthly bill for video, phone and internet users gained 4.5% to $137.24, helping to boost overall profit gains even while sales came in slightly below analyst expectations. Second-quarter revenue was up 3.5% to $16.8 billion, just shy of the average analyst estimate of $17 billion, based on estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Comcast’s NBCUniversal group sales remained steady year-over-year at about $6 billion, even though NBC had one of its best seasons ever. The network placed first in prime-time ratings and became the most-watched television network among 18-to-49-year-olds. Comcast’s $42.5 billion bid for Time Warner Cable is still in the works as it awaits regulatory approvals. The Federal Communications Commission is accepting public comments through Aug. 25th before a final decision is made.