FCC: 19 Million Americans Don’t Have Broadband

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The U.S. FCC is pushing broadband access, recently reporting that 19 million still lack access to the popular telecommunications platform.

It’s the eighth broadband report from the commission since U.S. legislation required the government arm to provide updates on the issue with the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

“In an era when broadband is essential to innovation, jobs, and global competitiveness, the Report concludes that the FCC – and the nation – must continue to address obstacles impeding universal broadband deployment and availability,” commented the FCC via its website regarding the report.

Despite the lack of broadband deployment, the FCC emphasized that “significant progress” had been made in the area, citing LTE deployment by mobile providers, more affordable deployment prices, reforms, network expansion and more.  Last August, the FCC reported that broadband speeds as advertised by companies were more precise than they were in the previous two years.