Good News: Pai Maintains Broadband Speed

The FCC’s Democrats acknowledged that Pai’s 2018 Broadband Deployment Report isn’t as bad as they feared. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel tweeted she’s glad the agency dropped the “crazy idea” of lowering the broadband speed benchmark, while Clyburn said the report is now “correctly concluding” that mobile broadband is not a substitute for a home connection. But both faulted the report’s finding that the FCC is fulfilling its mandate to encourage broadband deployment in a reasonable and timely manner, pointing to the 24 million Americans they say the report finds lack access to high-speed internet service. (The full report has not been made public, and the FCC’s fact sheet doesn’t have data on connectivity). The FCC’s 2016 Broadband Progress Report found that 34 million people lacked access to broadband.

– Pai said the FCC has taken actions to reduce barriers to infrastructure investment and promote competition, and the agency is heading in the right direction. But he said there’s still work to do because “far too many Americans still lack access to high-speed internet.”

– Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) also revealed Thursday that she requested a Government Accountability Office report probing the access and quality of broadband for small businesses.

Source: Politico Morning Tech


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