An accurate census must always rely on confidentiality. Just like a real census, a broadband census requires confidentiality to ensure the collection of accurate data. In a real census, people will not report accurate information (or any information at all!) if they believe that personal information will be published... or even warehoused and possibly be released at any time in the near future. Even when the government does make assurances that data will be released only in aggregated form, many people belonging to certain groups such as Hispanics (including those with legal residence and/or citizenship) and more recently Muslims believe that the risk is too great that the data will get out or be abused, and do not report.
Now, think about what it might be like for a small businessperson, in a line of business where anticompetitive tactics are rampant and government protection of competition is nil, to be asked to participate in a "census" where detailed data about his or her business would be published, not anonymized, and not aggregated. This persons livelihood and personal fortune are at stake here, in a way that you could not imagine unless you yourself had skin in the game. What would you do if you were him or her? Probably fudge the data or opt out, just as human beings do in a real census when they have similar worries. This does not make for an accurate result.
Censuses of all kinds only work at all when they promise a degree of anonymity. I admire efforts to assess where broadband is available and where it is not. However, we must respect the hard working people who are out there actually providing broadband, who are worried every day that some huge megacorporation will find a way to squash them or "cut off their air supply" (as a Microsoft exec once famously put it).
I'm a WISP. Every day, I work incredibly hard, against incredible odds, to keep this business running and to fulfill my personal mission to make broadband available to as many unserved areas as I possibly can. And every day, I worry that the big guys will find some new way to put me out of business. Why provide them with the competitive intelligence they need to be more effective at doing that?
said by Skippy25:I am a sole proprietor. My business literally is part and parcel of my private life.
What are you talking about? Comparing this to a census of private lives? It is far from the same.
said by Skippy25:Yes, it is. The FCC very eloquently explained why when a third party sued it under the FOIA to obtain this information after the FCC had assured ISPs that it would be kept private. (The judge agreed, and the FCC won the case.) See »projects.publicintegrity ··· Decl.pdf and also »projects.publicintegrity ··· oia/09.1 Statement of Facts.pdf.
This is not a trade secrect[sic],
said by Skippy25:What "shortcomings," exactly, do you believe someone would be hiding if he didn't want to reveal all of the private information of his business in a way that would let large corporations destroy it? A lack of invincibility, perhaps?
In my view and in many others, you are hiding your short comings
Re: Private data
said by Skippy25:Actually you're making yourself look ridiculous -- or, at the very least, naive. You have obviously never run a business in a highly competitive field.
You're being ridiculous in your nitpicking of privacy.
said by Skippy25:Bzzzt. Wrong. My state doesn't require businesses to register or be licensed. And even if it did, knowing the address of our office is not the concern here -- and you know it.
Your business is a public business that is registered in the state
said by Skippy25:It's harder than you think. It would be tough to identify my signals and distinguish them from others. And there's certainly no reason to hand this information to my competitors on a silver platter.
Where you provide service can easily be obtain as already pointed out by other users through basic research and investigating
said by Skippy25:Oh? You know nothing about my business or the extent of my network's coverage. (Not that I intend to map it out for you.) Seems to me that you're throwing an irrational temper tantrum here.
Your shortcomings are your lack of coverage