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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
5/13/2019 8:50:38 PM
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Re: The data is out there...
There have been, I believe, some third party efforts to try to create independent broadband maps with more accuracy, but they haven't quite caught on. Netflix, I think, must have some kind of coverage map to serve its customers,but it can only get broadband performance data for its customers. That might be more granular data than the FCC can disclose to the public, but Netflix doesn't have much of a reason to make its data more widely known, either. Why would Netflix want to tell its competitors where the best broadband is -- and thereby where the best customer satisfaction may be had as well?

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
5/13/2019 8:45:12 PM
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Re: The data is out there...
The CDC analogy is particularly jarring! Luckily, broadband coverage maps aren't as vital to health and quality of life as medical data.... But obviously, broadband data does have significant impacts on communities and economic development. Perhaps someday, broadband will be a "right" but it's not quite there yet..

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
5/13/2019 8:41:49 PM
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Re: The data is out there...
The data isn't going to be available because there's no incentive-- and in fact, great disincentives-- for making that data public for major ISPs. Why would AT&T (for example) want the public to know where it has and hasn't invested in next generation infrastructure? The data would only invite lawsuits from communities that might accuse deep-pocketed ISPs of discrimination. Or investors might cry foul that investments aren't going according to guidance made in SEC filings.... it's a minefield that doesn't benefit ISPs at all.

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Alisonís Wonderland
Alisonís Wonderland
5/13/2019 11:14:31 AM
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Re: The data is out there...
"Yes CDC, we innoculated someone in the Main Street block, so therefore we consider the entire block covered." Imagine it healthcare got away with the Census Block approach to coverage the FCC allows in communications? It doesn't do the industry or its consumers any good -- and I'd argue it will help service providers if they do share information on where they've deployed fiber, especially in an age of 5G.

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DonBrowne
DonBrowne
5/13/2019 10:11:36 AM
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Re: The data is out there...
I twould have thought that the data would be available, even if compiled by industry sources instead of more neutral government statiticians. Perhaps that's what they're hinting, the need for " reliable statistics on the economic impact of broadband on the US economy," and not puffery? 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
5/9/2019 1:41:12 PM
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The data is out there...
The data exists.. in proprietary databases that are held private for competitive reasons. The FCC could force ISPs to divulge their broadband speed coverage maps more accurately, but they haven't in the past.. because lawyers.

I doubt any ISPs are really eager to lay out to the public where they've made investments.. and where they're milking old infrastructure for every last penny..... 

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