IS THE US REALLY SO TERRIBLY BEHIND IN BROADBAND
[SOURCE: C-Net|News.com, AUTHOR: Anne Broache]
On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission will consider, and likely adopt, changes to the way it measures "reasonable and timely deployment of advanced services to all Americans," as required by federal law. At the moment, Internet service providers are required to fill out forms about their service offerings and submit them to the FCC semiannually. From those forms, the FCC produces reports that attempt to reflect on the state of Internet access availability, and in recent years, they have claimed to document "significant and steady progress" in broadband availability nationwide. But critics charge that the information the FCC collects is not granular enough to be useful. Judging from their statements in recent months, there's consensus among the five commission members, too, that some refinements are necessary. Free Press, Consumers Union, and the Consumer Federation of America argue that the FCC should survey Americans about how much they're paying for Internet service -- to compare price and service menus across different locales.
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