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.
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 ____
How could they even tell who has it when they do not have internet them selfs.
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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. -- Well, does your car at least turn into something else? Sometimes I turn it into a trashcan. Hmm...
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)
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. -- If you have a topic in the direct forum please reply to it or a post of mine, I get a notification when you do this. Koetting Ford, Granite City, illinois... YOU'RE FIRED!!
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.
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.