Will Broadband Bill Provide Better Data?

Susan Hall

President Bush has yet to sign the bill requiring the government to collect better data on broadband.


Congress passed the bill late last month. GigaOM reports some tinkering with it, though, before it was sent to the president, tinkering that tends to favor telecom companies. It says the revised bill focuses on determining actual broadband speeds offered to citizens, but not so much on gathering detailed information on competition and penetration in specific areas.


Oh, there's no money provided to collect this data and the provision for national mapping of broadband infrastucture is gone, too, reports BroadbandCensus.com. Data is to be collected on a state-by-state basis, so good luck with any chance the data collected will actually provide the information consumers want to know.

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