While spending a busy weekend trying to bail out the nation's troubled financial system, Congress also found time to tell the FCC that its current method for collecting broadband usage data is unacceptable. The Senate passed S. 1942, the Broadband Data Improvement Act, after the House passed a similar bill in late 2007. The bill, which has bipartisan support, directs the FCC to get better data on broadband and to report on it more often.
Rather than release "periodic" reports, for instance, the FCC would have to report yearly on US broadband, and these reports would have to list:
* the types of technology used to provide the broadband service capability to which consumers subscribe; READ MORE
Congress finally passes broadband data collection bill
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