Following up on this post about AT&T’s continuing failure to offer real broadband (as defined by the FCC) to many homes in Cuyahoga County, especially in some neighborhoods of Cleveland…
What about the other “urban” counties in northeast Ohio? Which areas of Summit County (including Akron), Stark County (including Canton), and Mahoning County (including Youngstown) are still getting wireline Internet service from AT&T that’s so slow it isn’t classified as broadband by state and Federal infrastructure financing programs?
Here’s what the December 2020 FCC data tells us:
There are important differences among these counties, of course. One striking difference is that virtually all of Mahoning County — from inner-city Youngstown to the most rural townships — has AT&T home download speeds below 25 Mbps. That’s because AT&T left Youngstown and its suburbs completely out of its big broadband upgrades over the past fifteen years.
In contrast, there are large parts of Stark and Summit Counties, both city neighborhoods and suburbs, where AT&T now offers VDSL (fiber to the neighborhood) or fiber to the home services. But the counties also have thousands of urban as well as rural residents — notably in lower-income areas of Akron, Canton, and Barberton — still relegated to slower ADSL service.