Jeopardy answer: What is a monopoly?

According to the FCC’s latest broadband deployment data:

  • In June 2021, cable, DSL or fiber Internet service at a speed of 100/10 Mbps or more was available to at least one residence in 280,591 Ohio Census blocks.
  • For residents of 164,649 of those Census blocks, or 59% of the total, that service was available only from Charter Spectrum.*

That is what most people call a monopoly.

(Spectrum has been awarded $160 million in subsidies from the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and the state’s Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program, which will help them become the sole high-speed wired broadband source for another 140,000 Ohio households.)

* Source: CYC analysis of Ohio Census block broadband deployment data for June 2021, downloaded from Federal Communications Commission, “Fixed Broadband Deployment Data from FCC Form 477”