“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
More than 50,000 households in Cleveland and more than 90,000 in Detroit had no Internet access of any kind in 2015, according to the Census’ newly released American Community Survey.
That number excludes households with smartphones, dial-up modems or “Internet access without a subscription”. Here are the details:
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The Census says “Internet access without a subscription” covers community wifi access and Internet in college dorms. But the category may well also include mobile access purchased without “subscriptions”, like data cards from Wal-Mart or Target.
Among households that do have Internet access, the cable companies — Time Warner in Cleveland and Comcast in Detroit — are the biggest providers by far. AT&T’s DSL service holds a distant second place in both cities.
Last Thursday the Census released its 2015 American Community Survey One Year Estimates, which includes household Internet data for cities with more than 65,000 residents.
According to the new ACS data, only 52% of Cleveland households and just 46% of Detroit households had “fixed broadband” Internet connections in 2015.
Cleveland’s 2015 percentage was third lowest among all U.S. cities with 50,000 or more households. Detroit’s was dead last.
“Fixed broadband” includes cable, DSL, fiber and satellite Internet services — that is, everything but mobile devices and dial-up modems. About 71% of all U.S. households had fixed broadband access last year.
We’ll have more on the new ACS data soon.