Tuesday, March 18, 2008

FCC to Require Better Broadband Data Collection

The FCC adopted an order that will increase the precision and quality of broadband subscribership data collected every six months from broadband services providers. Improvements include collecting detailed subscribership information on a local level and more detailed information about the speed of broadband service. Specifically, the Order will:

  • Expand the number of broadband reporting speed tiers to capture more precise information about upload and download broadband speeds in the marketplace

  • Require broadband providers to report numbers of broadband subscribers by Census Tract, broken down by speed tier and technology type

  • Improve the accuracy of information the Commission gathers about mobile wireless broadband deployment





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