FCC Continues To Fudge Broadband Numbers

from the nice-try-there dept

The FCC has been called out repeatedly by the GAO for fudging the numbers on broadband penetration in the US, so it's no surprise at all to hear they're doing it again with the latest report. They're still using the highly questionable (and often questioned) method of assuming that if a single household in a zipcode can be served by a broadband provider, then all houses can be served by that provider. Tell that to the folks sitting smack dab in the middle of Silicon Valley, but who can't get DSL from AT&T. They also define broadband as anything over 200 kbit/s, which is increasingly not really broadband these days. However, even worse, is that they're hiding the growth of broadband connections, by suddenly lumping in cellular broadband accounts -- which seems quite a bit unfair, since the companies providing such services, such as Verizon Wireless, are quite clear that the service is not to be used as a DSL replacement. Hell, it's barely supposed to be used at all (despite the big "unlimited" claims in their ads). Rather, mobile broadband is only allowed for very limited applications (no video, no streaming, no downloads, no VoIP, etc.), and the providers are quick to cut you off if you violate any of their unstated rules. It seems a bit unfair to lump that in as a full "connection," but apparently that's the only way the FCC can convince people that broadband growth rates in the US are as high as they had hoped.

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    Kent Perry, 10 Nov 2007 @ 11:40pm

    "Dude, WTF are you talking about? There's no such thing as "broadband" - that's just marketese for "fast internet connection". ANY internet connection faster than dialup or ISDN falls under this marketing category. There is NO tech definition for "broadband". - Dosquatch"

    Wrong Dossquatch WE are the people who made the word "Broadband" nothing more then marketing vernacular for high-speed Internet. It was the term used to describe a standard download and upload speed for an emerging new Internet infrastructure the Telco's swindled us out of to the tune of over $200 Billion dollars.


    With the exception of Public Broadcasting documentary about what is surely one of the most scandalous acts of consumer fraud ever committed against Americans, you see it gets little to no News Attention.

    This is the kind of thing you'd expect a class action suit take place but that too, will never happen. Chris Bradley's assertion that America didn't show up to say stop this, so in his mind he seems to think we deserve it.

    This logic is analogous to someone saying a girl was dressed to slutty so she was asking to be raped. This is just not true and I think his attitude that we got it coming for not speaking up is as assinine as his entire post was void of anything substantive. Just more finger pointing only he likes to blame the victims in this case.

    Gee Chris,,was it our fault when the senate held an emergency session at 3:00 am to vote they all get a raise? Was it our fault that the Government didn't enforce the law making sure the telecoms used that money for getting all of us on 45 mbps connection speed LIKE THEY SAID THEY WOULD? Whether it was even technically feasible at the time or not, that didn't stop them from bilking the public.

    So tell me,, in a country where bribing a Public Official is legal as long as it is done by a lobbyist, do you really believe showing up to say something to the FCC would have done a damn thing to stop it?

    These guys are white collar crooks plane and simple and they have stolen our broadband which was at the time a standard of speed and not just a marketing term.

    Do your damn homework before you start spewing all your monosyllabic diatribe like you think you know what you're talking about because the fact is,,

    YOU DON'T.

    Kent Perry, AZ.

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