Even conservative Republicans like David Redl believe the pandemic proves the 20 million or so American homes without broadband need to be connected. But in Q2, AT&T reports 114,000 fewer connections and Verizon 23,000 less. Charter came through with 850,000 new homes and Comcast 323,000. 1,243,000 connections is absolutely unacceptable when children have to learn at home. 

The three big phone companies have essentially abandoned consumers in large parts of their territory, leaving about half of America -- including me -- with only one choice for decent broadband. No wonder we have some of the highest prices in the world.

The data is from Bruce Leichtman, who has long been a reliable source.

Cable Companies

   
 

Comcast

29,429,000

323,000

 

Charter*

28,096,000

850,000

 

Cox**

5,280,000

50,000

 

Altice

4,307,800

70,400

 

Mediacom

1,396,000

47,000

 

Cable One

838,000

45,000

 

WOW (WideOpenWest)

805,600

8,000

 

Atlantic Broadband^

478,689

6,000

 

Total Top Cable

70,631,089

1,399,400

 

Wireline Phone Companies

   
 

AT&T

15,201,000

(114,000)

 

Verizon

6,959,000

(23,000)

 

CenturyLink

4,638,000

(29,000)

 

Frontier^^

3,142,000

(41,000)

 

Windstream

1,089,400

22,100

 

Consolidated

791,203

5,078

 

TDS

479,500

19,500

 

Cincinnati Bell

432,000

4,500

 

Total Top Telco

32,732,103

(155,822)

 

Total Top Broadband

103,363,192

1,243,578