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Background: Today, the FCC issued its Eighth Broadband Report.
The following statement can be attributed to John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney at Public knowledge.
"The FCC has taken the right approach in its latest report on broadband deployment. 19 million Americans still do not have access to wired broadband at all, and until they do, the FCC is right to conclude that broadband is not yet being deployed in a 'reasonable and timely fashion.'
"The report also demonstrates that broadband adoption remains inadequate. The Internet is the primary way that many Americans communicate, stay informed, and manage their lives. Yet many others have access to wired broadband, but don't subscribe to it. The broadband that is available to them may be too slow, and not much of an improvement over their wireless or dial-up connections. Or it may be too expensive. Or they just might not see its value. Whatever the causes, more needs to be done to close the broadband gap.
"Commissioners McDowell and Pai are worried that today's report could be used to increase regulation of broadband providers. But broadband consumers can protect themselves best when they can switch away from providers who are behaving unfairly, and broadband providers that face competition have more incentive to expand into underserved markets and reach new users. With competition, many regulations become unnecessary.
"Unfortunately, the FCC is about to approve a deal between Verizon and several large cable companies that would allow Verizon to start selling cable broadband instead of its own DSL broadband in many markets. This is the clearest sign yet that broadband competition in the US is far from what it should be. The FCC should work to improve broadband competition, which will in turn help its goals of broadband deployment and adoption."