A new law mandates that the agency stop relying solely on misleading carrier data to map broadband availability—which for years has provided cover for carriers that want to sell service in only the richest parts of the country and caused federal broadband money to be denied to places that really need it.
In my little hometown in Nebraska, it’s hard to get decent internet even at exorbitant prices—though it’s apparently a competitive market, with seven different carriers that provide broadband service, according to the FCC’s broadband map. The agency’s depiction of the situation doesn’t jibe with the reality on the ground: One service is listed twice, and two satellite providers offer service, but those services are so slow and unreliable that they can’t be used for serious work.
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