At the heart of the problem sits the data that internet service providers (ISPs) are required to submit to the FCC. The agency’s methodology permits an ISP to count an entire census block—which can encompass hundreds of square miles in rural areas—as “served” if it is capable of providing broadband service to just one resident of that census block.
Trump’s FCC Is Using Junk Data to Downplay Broadband Woes | WIRED
But see, fixing this could help strengthen democracy, which is why they aren’t interested in doing so.
Most schools don’t even know which students are lacking internet service, and the neediest families are often the hardest to reach.https://www.axios.com/school-broadband-crisis-500dd146-a1cf-4cde-b2af-2b9b2de2f81a.html
This is a massive issue, one we’re going to have to address at a national level in the very near future.
It’s not that people don’t want broadband, it’s that they can’t afford it, a troubling situation that at the very least the government should admit and address. That is, of course, if they’re not focused on helping telecom companies more than consumers.
Source: Many Americans Can’t Afford Broadband, But the FCC Doesn’t Care – VICE
All the changes noted here came about as the result of increasing corporate control over the internet and its structures. As we lost control, the weirdness went with it.
Source: The Old Internet Died And We Watched And Did Nothing
Whenever you read about how one platform or another gave rise to a particular moment or movement, remember it was the *users* of that platform that did it, enabled by a platform that got out of their way.
Source: Tumblr’s Impact on the Music Industry in the 2010s | Billboard
You will never convince someone of anything if it’s in their financial interest not to do so.
Source: Ajit Pai Still Thinks Killing Net Neutrality Was a Brilliant Idea – VICE
“Urged” is an understatement considering the lack of oversight telecom companies enjoy.
Source: FCC Urged To Collect Better Information About Broadband Deployment, Price 12/27/2019
I’m guessing maintaining Yahoo Groups archives would amount to a rounding error on Verizon’s budget spreadsheet for any given year, so am not buying this one bit.
Source: Verizon says archiving Yahoo Groups would strain resources
Private equity has screwed up enough of the internet and now wants to be more efficient at such destruction.
Source: Private Equity Is Going to Ruin the .Org Domain System and Screw Nonprofits – VICE