US govt confirms FCC’s broadband speeds and feeds stats are garbage

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  1. Toraxa

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    Why are we redefining simple terms anyways? Access should mean access. As in, I can go call them today and set up an appointment to have my home hooked up to the internet.

    I understand that it would be a nightmare for them if they had to prove that they were competitive for every single house, apartment building and trailer park, but why can’t they define, and be legally bound, by some sort of self-determined area? Let them give you their coverage area, and by doing so be legally bound to run lines and provide service to anyone inside of their claimed area if they apply. Then there’s a built in inflation/lying prevention because claiming they serve areas they don’t would lead to costly infrastructure building they don’t want to do. Now they’re only showing what they’re actually willing to cover. This shouldn’t be hard.

  2. CarelessForm

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    When it comes to availability, this is probably the most important part:
    > In other words, even if an ISP does not serve anyone within a given census block (which typically covers between 30 and 500 people), it can claim 100 per cent availability if just one person can sign up to its service. The system also doesn’t consider the speed or price of that service.

    I imagine a census block with 500 people in a rural area would be pretty huge. I take it their not actually split up by area. I did bit of research and [found](https://www.census.gov/newsroom/blogs/random-samplings/2011/07/what-are-census-blocks.html) that “In a city, a census block looks like a city block bounded on all sides by streets. Census blocks in suburban and rural areas may be large, irregular, and bounded by a variety of features, such as roads, streams, and transmission lines. In remote areas, census blocks may encompass hundreds of square miles.”

    So, if a company *could* offer service to one person with a area covering hundreds of square miles, they could official say that they offer coverage there. Yeah, I’d say that’s an issue.

  3. happyscrappy

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    Incredibly misleading title.

    The report is about broadband on tribal lands. And it’s mostly about availability though congestion and RF attenuation-based slowdowns are also mentioned.

  4. deliverreviled

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    In other news, you may or may not wake up in the morning. Humans may require an Oxygen/Nitrogen atmosphere to respire, and everybody poops.

    Fucking breaking news. The Register has done it again! And this time it wasn’t articulated in a convoluted, douchy way that actual people will stop caring about in under 30 seconds. Just kidding, they didn’t.

  5. voxnemo

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    This is not really new news, at best confirmation. It is especially not surprising.

    News would be that the FCC and telecoms are being held accountable. That would be shocking news.

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