The FCC launched a new broadband data task force this week, and first order of business – addressing the broadband availability maps. The intention is to collect data and develop more precise maps about broadband availability, which currently is inaccurate and borders on useless. For example, the FCC states that the number of Americans without access to broadband is around 21.3 million – experts think it is closer to 42 million, and also undercounts the 83 million consumers that only have access via one ISP.
Why do we care?
You can’t manage what you don’t measure, right? I think the FCC is going to get serious about this as an infrastructure spend. I’m all in favor of this for IT services, as I think it opens up opportunities.
Let’s keep an eye on this one.