Will AT&T’s discount rates for poor households end in 12 months?

“Access from AT&T”, AT&T’s $5-to-$10 Internet service for households enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), will no longer be required by Federal Communications Commission order and may well come to an end in April 2020.

Ironically, this may happen just as AT&T’s surprise deployment of fiber infrastructure in low income Cleveland and East Cleveland neighborhoods  could make Access service much more valuable to eligible households in those neighborhoods. Read more

AT&T mum on fiber in redlined areas, including East Cleveland

Three weeks after it was revealed by CYC in this blog post, AT&T’s big new fiber broadband deployment in the “digitally redlined” neighborhoods covering most of the northeast and near West Side of Cleveland has yet to be publicly acknowledged by the company, or covered (as far as we know) by any news media.

Yes, folks, it’s still a CYC scoop!.. despite the fact that we confirmed it with knowledgeable sources immediately, and the additional fact that all that new fiber on AT&T’s poles in Glenville, Fairfax, Hough and Clark-Fulton is visible to the naked eye of anyone who chooses to look.

Meanwhile, CYC has confirmed (by driving around and looking) that AT&T’s new fiber build includes areas of the city of East Cleveland.  Cleveland’s smaller neighbor has been even more digitally redlined than Cleveland; AT&T service in most of East Cleveland is limited to slow ADSL2 technology, while high speed cable modem Internet is close to nonexistent. Spectrum offers service only in some fringe neighborhoods, and “high speed Internet” from East Cleveland Cable TV — whose future is in questiontops out at a nominal 25 Mbps.

We hear that AT&T is planning to break its silence around the last week of April. Stay tuned.

AT&T is deploying fiber in redlined Cleveland neighborhoods

CYC has learned that AT&T is quietly building out its gigabit fiber broadband network in the same East Side and Near West Side Cleveland neighborhoods that historically suffered from the company’s practice of “digital redlining”.

This welcome development is an important sign that Cleveland’s lower-income communities may not face a new round of digital redlining, after all. Read more