For almost two years the Federal Communications Commission has not provided a report if consumers are receiving the Internet speeds they are paying for.
During the Obama administration, the then-FCC measured broadband speeds in about 7,000 consumer households which started in 2011 as a constituent of the Measuring Broadband America program. For five straight years – from 2011 to 2016 – the FCC released a yearly report that compared the definite speeds consumers get to the proclaimed speeds subscribers were promised by wireless carriers and giant broadband providers such as AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable to name a few.
However, since Ajit Pai became the FCC chairman for the Trump government, there has been no report presented since January 2017. It was the first time that the federal agency neglected to publish a new Measuring Broadband America report. The commission can issue a new report even before his second year being a chairman is completed but the commission did nothing.
FCC uses measurement company SamKnows for the program. It said that Measuring Broadband America is still operational. Besides, a new report is out to be released today, Nov. 21.
Pai might have been silent about the Measuring Broadband America information but is now ready to disclose a better report. A part of his blog post published on Tuesday stated that:
“The FCC has long been required by law to submit a variety of reports to Congress. Each of these reports used to be issued as separate documents and at different times, making it hard for elected officials and the public to track everything down.”
The blog likewise mentioned that the federal agency considered raising rural broadband speeds which is similar to what urban customers receive in the cities. Pai said that he will recommend lifting the minimum 1Mbps upload to 3Mbps and from 10Mbps to 25Mbps for downloads.