Through numbers and stories (maps), we did show you over and over that the US broadband internet did break. We pay more for less and must deal with a lot more stupid stuff. One big reason is that the wolves keep an eye on the henhouse. The FCC has come to rely on ego coverage maps from ISPs without checking to see if they are accurate.
If you think having access to the internet is important, you owe it to yourself and everyone else who feels the same way to check out the FCC’s lengthy new broadband maps and see if your ISP actually serves your area (US). Click the “Availability Challenge” button if you can show proof of this.
The FCC just place the first “pre-production draft” version of its new interactive broadband maps online. They are already better than the old ones in one important way. They no longer show you coverage just because one house in your census tract recently got internet service. (In the past, that’s the case.) You can now see all of the addresses and click a button to dispute the information your ISP sent to the government.
You’ll to help here if you want this map will become right (and possibly create a political stink). Because the new maps still depend on the ISPs being real. This is something that dedicated broadband reporters like Nicole Ferraro and Karl Bode it has did warn about. Even the CEO of CostQuest, the company which makes them for the FCC, did admit that they rely on “how accurately the internet providers report.” In fact, I think I can already see a few things that don’t make sense on my street.
If the information your ISP gives you is wrong, click the “Availability Challenge” button. Also, the map doesn’t show your actual download or upload speeds. It only shows the fastest speeds that each ISP says it can offer to your location for each tier.
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Still, the new maps are something, and it is interesting to filter by a certain type or speed of service and already see gaps. Even the identity data at the top of this article shows that fiber still has a long way to go.
The FCC knows that there is still more to do and that public help is important. FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement, “Today is an important milestone in the work to make more detailed and accurate broadband maps, but this work is far from complete.” “Releasing this early version of the new maps is did intend to kick off a long-term, iterative process in which we keep adding new data to make the maps better and more accurate.”
In addition to accepting individual objections to the data, the FCC said it would also accept “bulk challenges to the did report availability statistics from the state, Tribal, and local governments.
This week, the FCC also did release the final order on broadband nutrition labels. There’s a threat coming! You also get to see how they will look in the end.