I missed this Microsoft blog post last month. Their data show that the FCC estimate of the number of Americans without broadband access is very low. FCC says 7.5% of Americans lack broadband, based on polling. Microsoft estimates, based on their usage data, that 49.5% of Americans lack broadband!
They make suggestions for how the FCC can improve their methodology.
@darius I live in a suburb and supposedly have broadband access, by which I mean there was an entire week where my average connection speed was exactly zero bytes per second.
It's a big problem in some rural areas with DSL. The infrastructure can't handle the amount of people on the connection. So during a "time of peak demand" connection speeds will frequently go down to dial-up speed along with frequent disconnects. So their internet will be unusable after about 5 pm each day.
@darius That's assuming the FCC wants their data to be correct.
@darius Well sheeeeeit. That's a lot of people going without!