FCC publishes new broadband map, votes to require ISP 'Nutrition Labels'2022-11-18 18:40 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, broadband map, ISP
Today, the FCC released the long-awaited National Broadband Map update based on the most detailed data the commission has ever collected from ISPs. There's still plenty of work to do, as this first version will undergo a challenge process to correct errors, and there are indications it will have many inaccuracies.
The new map, called a "pre-production draft" in the FCC's announcement, resembles the old one in that it lets you search for services at a specific address or browse at a neighborhood level and shows available providers with their maximum download and upload speeds.
It is important to note that speeds listed are the maximum advertised speeds rather than the maximum available at a given location. The challenge process will allow users to tell the FCC if an advertised speed isn't actually offered at a given location.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday also unveiled rules that will require all internet service providers to display clear labels for their services - similar to the nutrition labels on food products - showing exactly what the customer is purchasing. It's following up on a mandate from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which directed the FCC to require providers to have consumer-friendly labels for both wired and wireless services.
The new broadband labels will include information such as price, speed, fees, data allowances and other terms of service. The FCC's rules will require ISPs to display this information at the point of sale, so consumers can better understand what they're purchasing before signing up for service. It will also make it easier to comparison shop and find the best, most affordable plan.
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