Issues Statement Criticizing FCC Ruling on Broadband Data

Press Releases June 16th, 2008

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New Data Order ‘Inadequate’ to Provide Information About Local Broadband Availability and Competition

Press Release

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2008 – Last week the Federal Communications Commission ordered broadband companies to provide the agency with more detailed information about the locations in which they offer high-speed internet access. But the information will not be released to the public.

Drew Clark, Executive Director of, made the following statement about the Federal Communication Commission’s order:

“The FCC should be applauded for attempting to collect more granular information about local broadband availability, but the simple fact is that only government bureaucrats – and not individual internet users – will benefit from this decision.

“Consumers need to know and understand their broadband options. The FCC’s order is inadequate to help them do that. Because the agency refuses to release the most basic public information about where broadband providers operate, internet consumers are left blindfolded. The FCC continues to publicly release large amounts of data about cable, television and radio companies that serve their communities. The FCC has refused to follow the same course for broadband, even though it is of far greater consequence. High-speed internet services are a crucial contributor to economic development, education, e-government, entertainment, the environment, health care and political participation.

“ prides itself on providing consumers with the names of the broadband providers in their local ZIP codes. We encourage internet users to Take the Broadband Census and shine the light of transparency on the operations of the FCC, and of the telecommunications, cable and wireless carriers.” also announced Monday that it is publishing daily content about broadband-related news, available for free at

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5 Responses to “ Issues Statement Criticizing FCC Ruling on Broadband Data”

  1. sodapop Says:

    So… where’s the data? We’d love to see how the US and the regions with in it are connected to the internet.

  2. Bruce Lane Says:

    So the FCC won’t share the data? Make it a FOIA issue! The FCC, like most other federal agencies, has a FOIA branch in their offices. Here’s the link.

    I will probably do this purely out of curiosity.

    Happy info-chasing.

  3. Bob Says:

    Good start but doesn’t the goverment belong to the american people? Isn’t keeping such data hidden illegal action?

    All government data belongs to the public, only dictators and facists would want to keep it secret.

  4. Drew Clark Says:

    Well, we’ve been Slashdotted! In a post by on Tuesday, citing the Ars Technica piece, and the end of the 200 kilobits per second standard, kdawson notes: “Unfortunately, the FCC has decided to keep all this new data to themselves.”

  5. Drew Clark Says:

    I’ve been making this a FOIA issue for nearly two years now. As we explain in our Frequently-Asked Questions page:

    Why won’t the FCC release the data?

    The FCC claims that disclosing the ZIP codes in which a company provides broadband service would be “likely to cause competitive harm” to the broadband providers. They say this information is proprietary and should not be released.

    You can’t be serious! Are you?

    Unfortunately, that’s the position your federal government has taken. An effort to obtain this information from the FCC under the Freedom of Information Act was unsuccessful. A federal district court judge sided with the government.

    More information about the FOIA lawsuit is available in this article in Congresspedia.

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