Having Accurate Broadband Data... Will Slow Down Broadband Growth?
from the but-of-course dept
Many broadband providers have resisted providing detailed broadband penetration data, since it would suggest that things aren't as rosy as the FCC insists with its bizarre counting system that everyone knows doesn't paint an accurate portrait of broadband in the US. However, with Congress looking to force the collection of more accurate broadband availability data, some broadband providers are protesting. Apparently, the American Cable Association is claiming that providing such information would harm broadband growth. Why? Because collecting that info would take time and effort away from providing more broadband. Of course, that suggests that these providers don't already know where they provide broadband, which is hard to believe. It also ignores that one of the suggestions for getting better broadband data is to provide a user-generated mapping tool that won't require the broadband providers' involvement at all.