FCC begins review to make broadband data available
The Federal Communications Commission on Friday said it would take public comments about a petition by public interest group Free Press to make data on broadband access rates more broadly available.
The request by Free Press focuses on a database the agency already has, on information about where broadband providers offer their service. That information, which is not public except for some charts, is meant to help the agency see where consumers have no access or few choices of service providers.
Data have taken a spotlight at the FCC as it proposed in the national broadband plan to collect pricing and speed information of consumers. The information will be used, among other things, to see if Internet service providers are living up to their promises of advertised services.
"This is an opportunity for the agency to make good on their commitment to transparent data-driven policymaking and is consistent with their recommendations in the broadband plan to make the data it collects available to the public,” said Ben Scott, policy director at Free Press.
The agency said comments are due April 19. It will then seek reply comments that will be due May 4.
March 19, 2010; 4:19 PM ET
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