FCC Data Overstating Broadband Access in Rural Montana


Northern Broadcasting System
4/17/2019

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for collecting data to measure access to broadband Internet across the country.  These data are used to prioritize funding for areas that have relatively poor access, as well as to help Internet Service Providers (ISPs) identify communities in which to invest additional resources. However, the FCC’s methodology in collecting this data has come under increasing scrutiny and criticized for systematically overestimating how much broadband access truly exists, especially for rural areas. Our guest was Zachary Cikanekwho serves as the chief spokesperson for Connect Americans Now (CAN) who talked about the impact of the digital divide and CAN’s efforts to expand access to all of rural America.we have one. It’s working in Ohio and for thousands of other rural Americans across the country.

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