As homes across the United States becomes ever so more connected via tablets, laptops and smart devices, access to fast broadband internet has become a big issue.
The FCC currently maintains that only 25 million Americans don’t have access to broadband internet, but Microsoft is now challenging the number.
The company is claiming that more than half of the U.S. population — or 162.8 million people — do not use the internet at the broadband speed of 25 Mbps.
First, Microsoft claims that the form 477 sent by ISPs to the FCC to help collect broadband data is too broad.
A simple “yes” answer to the “providing or could … without an extraordinary commitment of resources provide broadband service to an area” question on the form is used to indicate if an area of the U.S. is covered by broadband internet.
Second, Microsoft holds that the FCC’s data on broadband access is not location specific.