Congress has passed a bill addressing the questions of who has broadband access and what services are available in a specific area, reports The Associated Press in a story in The Washington Post.
The Broadband Data Improvement Act was approved by the Senate on a voice vote Tuesday and awaits the president's signature. It calls for the Federal Communications Commission to collect better statistics. It's separate from the FCC's own decision to do so earlier this year, according to Broadcasting and Cable.
Groups such as the Communications Workers of America and Broadbandcensus.com have been arguing that the United States doesn't collect the information it needs to truly assess the availability of broadband in this country and to provide consumers with information to make smart choices about providers.
As the bill's author Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, put it:
We cannot manage what we do not measure. This bill will give us the baseline statistics we need in order to eventually achieve the successful deployment of broadband access and services to all Americans.