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Our Broadband Coverage Maps Still Stink
Threatening Funding For Under-Connected States
by Karl Bode 10:04AM Friday Dec 28 2012
Despite the FCC's claim that they were going to revolutionize data collection (and shockingly actually use real-world data to inform policy), coverage maps continue to struggle with accuracy thanks to large carriers who'd prefer coverage gaps remain mysterious. Inaccurate maps based on incorrect FCC data could threaten broadband funding in Mississippi, since FCC data insists the state is largely covered in broadband.

"The maps the FCC have are just plain wrong," Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley said. "Their maps show that Mississippi is almost completely covered, and that is certainly not the case. Getting this corrected is a top priority so that Mississippi can get its fair share of funding to cover these areas for residents and businesses."

You'll recall that FCC data used to insist that if one address in a zip code had service, the entire zip code was considered served. While the FCC reformed their data collection practices somewhat, a refusal to stand up to carriers meant they didn't collect and analyze price data, which would of course clearly illustrate a lack of competition. There's also clearly nobody truly checking to verify carrier claims of coverage.

Much of the data can be perused at the FCC broadband map they unveiled earlier this year after spending $300 million. Plugging addresses into their website quickly illustrates accuracy issues such as the FCC data making up ISP competitors out of whole cloth.

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AMDUSER
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Their map is still lacking....

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It says that I can get 10 Meg to 25 Meg [Uverse] DSL from At&t.. [I'm sure I could get that speed - if I could afford fractional T3 or metro ethernet data connection.] At&ts own techs said I would only be able to get 9 Meg - max... if they offered that speed tier.

The data for Time Warner Cable is also off..they only offer up to 50 Meg without going to business class [Read: $$$$]. I'm fairly certain they do not offer 100 Meg for residental locally.. their website seems to indicate up to 50 Meg.

.../ Me thinks the FCC is blowing smoke out of its ____

Heh213

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Re: Their map is still lacking....

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I guess we'll see what happens if they ever update their data, Comcast says they are out here.... which I doubt.
silbaco
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Seems somewhat accurate...

It tells me I qualify for 25-50Mbps from my Telco cooperative. Technically it is 1Mbps-225Mbps, but they didn't offer faster speeds than 50Mbps until recently.

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Re: Seems somewhat accurate...

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People are supposed to provide feedback to help them make this thing right... It kinda serves a purpose. I had no idea about summit broadband. Learn something new every day.

Anonymous_
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site down

Owned!

How could they even tell who has it when they do not have internet them selfs.

Could not locate remote server

You tried to access the address »www.broadbandmap.gov/, which is currently unavailable. Please make sure that the web address (URL) is correctly spelled and punctuated, then try reloading the page.
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Well, does your car at least turn into something else? Sometimes I turn it into a trashcan. Hmm...
silbaco
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Re: site down

Loads fine for me.

chip89
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Re: site down

The site also loads fine for me.

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Re: site down

said by chip89:

The site also loads fine for me.

yeah took several tries for me
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Well, does your car at least turn into something else? Sometimes I turn it into a trashcan. Hmm...

rural connec

@airadvantage.net

typical government stat map, about 40% accurate

as with any government project or survey. The error rate is huge. The map shows me with multiple providers listing bandwidth over 3mb. Not true. I have concurrent service with 3 of my available providers and the BEST is around 1mb. (2 cellular data cards and 1 wireless connection)
Rob_
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Let's make broadband available everywhere

We can but we don't, If one chooses to live in the country, they should be able to get cable or FIOS or DSL (wishing FIOS was a nationwide product)

If you live at a place called Dendron, VA, the only thing you can get is Verizon's cell phone service via a hub. Cox won't even touch it and that's a shame.

I'd like to see cable or FIBER (screw DSL) available to 90 percent of the country by 2015, we CAN do this and think of the jobs it will create.

-Rob

chip89
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Independence, OH

Maps

This is the typical suff we see from the FCC every day because they are always for the telcos who want to get away from wireline.
rdmiller

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Richmond, VA

Coverage does not equal competition

Apparently Karl thinks so. They do both start with a "c".

David
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confirmed for me in 62040

Has wireless resellers listed but doesn't have wireline resellers listed. For instance at my home I can order DSLextreme if I choose. I can also get up to 12mbps/1.0 to 1.5 with uverse IP-DSL. Charter it says at 100mbps to 1Gbps. As far as my neighbor (who has charter) he has never been able to order speeds greater than 50mbps.

Clear I used for a bit and got 3-6mbps normally and about 1.5 to 2mbps up. Was pretty stable and in a pinch can be set up quickly.

Whisper is more out by route 3 and I-270 area... I am not sure if they could hit over by the school or not. I can't say I have tried their service as of yet.
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Accurate for 03055

I was quite surprised the data for wired and wireless broadband is accurate, at least it hit all the carriers I am aware of in my area.

Navigating the site and updating your specific location info leaves a lot to be desired but all in all good effort.

How this information will be used to formulate broadband policy is TBD.

Interesting article related to this topic on Slashdot relating to the concentration of power in the ISP word.
»mobile.slashdot.org/story/12/12/···-service

/tom
elray

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More money down the drain

This is just another fine example that demonstrates why we should not be sending our hard-earned money off to Washington bureaucrats, so they can play Santa and redistribute someone else's fruit to their friends and well-connected (ahem) constituents.

The "unconnected" are better off fending for themselves.

JS555

@telepacific.net

Why don't we crowdsource the data?

Smartphone apps could report to a public server periodically on their connectivity and GPS location. This could generate public cell coverage maps and broadband maps if the phone is on a WiFi network. Not perfect but a good start.