Monday, January 13, 2014

FCC Internet metric outdated

The U.S. Federal Communications has issued its annual report on how Americans access the Internet and the speed of their connections. What's striking is the report still defines and measures Internet connectivity using outdated metrics better suited to a decade or more ago starting as greater than 200 kbps as a baseline and in tranches of 768 kbps, 3 mbps, 6 mbps, and 10 mbps.  Nowadays, many would regard only the latter number as defining basic Internet connectivity given increasing household bandwidth demand from multiple devices and streaming video content.

The FCC is measuring straws when it should be measuring water pipes.

Internet Access Services: Status as of December 31, 2012 (FCC, Dec. 2013)
FCC releases new data on internet access services (FCC news release, Dec. 24, 2013)

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