Here We Go Again, Broadband Inquiry Style

• Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel fears the commission’s latest annual inquiry on U.S. broadband deployment, released late Thursday, will end up being a replay of last year’s contentious debate. You may recall a lot of hand-wringing last fall about how the FCC could cook the numbers to exaggerate how many people are connected. Once the report stemming from the inquiry came out in February, Rosenworcel slammed it for concluding that broadband was getting built out to all Americans in a reasonably and timely manner.

• The new inquiry “fundamentally errs by proposing to keep our national broadband standard at 25 Megabits per second,” Rosenworcel said in her dissenting statement, reupping a push she made the last go-round to hike the definition of broadband to a minimum download speed of 100 Mbps. “When you factor in price, at this speed the United States is not even close to leading the world. That is not where we should be and if in the future we want to change this we need both a more powerful goal and a plan to reach it. Our failure to commit to that course here is disappointing.” The FCC plans to collect two rounds of comments on the notice in September, with the first due Sept. 10.

Source: POLITICO Morning Tech

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