By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 4-12-21
Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-N.Y.) has introduced one bill that would require both better broadband speed measurement and tie funding to higher speeds, and re-introduced another to fund challenges to FCC broadband deployment data.
The Broadband Speed Act would require ISPs to report accurate speed data to the FCC on an annual basis. The bill defines accurate speeds as “the actual speeds they are capable of providing, as opposed to what they can potentially provide within 7-10 business days,” as the current speed standard allows.
He said the law will help demonstrate to the FCC where broadband service is matching advertised speeds. And just for good measure, the law would also require that any new FCC broadband funding for deployment require speeds of at least 100 Mbps “to ensure they are built to last.” » Read More