Microsoft's New Study Finds 162.8 Million People in the US Do Not Use the Internet at Broadband Speeds, Up From FCC's 24.7 Million Estimate
Thursday December 6, 2018. 03:40 PM , from Slashdot
Over all, Microsoft concluded that 162.8 million people do not use the internet at broadband speeds, while the F.C.C. says broadband is not available to 24.7 million Americans. The discrepancy is particularly stark in rural areas. In Ferry County, for example, Microsoft estimates that only 2 percent of people use broadband service, versus the 100 percent the federal government says have access to the service.
Accurate measurements on the reach of broadband matter because the government's statistics are used to guide policy and channel federal funding for underserved areas. 'It's a huge problem,' said Phillip Berenbroick, a telecommunications expert at Public Knowledge, a nonprofit technology policy group. 'The result is that we're not getting broadband coverage and funding to areas that really need it.'
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