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How bad maps are ruining American broadband
2018-09-24T12:28:58Z - Karl Bode / The Verge
US customers pay some of the highest prices for broadband in the developed world, and broadband availability is sketchy at best for millions of Americans. And as long as regulators are relying on a false picture of US broadband access, actually solving the problem may be impossible. The FCC’s $350 million broadband map, for example, relies on the agency’s Form 477 data to help educate users on broadband availability. “The best maps we have at the federal level are awful,” notes Christopher Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), a group dedicated to helping communities improve broadband availability. “FCC data overstated tribes’ broadband availability and access to broadband service.

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