AT&T Inc., the largest phone company in the U.S., has taken a more conservative approach to optical fiber, building it out to neighborhoods but not all the way to homes. The Internet signal is still carried the last stretch, into the home, on a phone line. This build-out is less costly than Verizon's, but doesn't let AT&T compete with the fastest cable connections.The Associated Press's tally of reports from the eight largest phone companies in the U.S. shows they collectively lost 70,000 broadband subscribers in the April-to-June period. Meanwhile, the top four public cable companies reported a gain of 290,000 subscribers.
Phone Cos. Lose Broadband Subscribers For 1st Time
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