FCC Commissioners Criticize FCC 2019 Broadband Deployment Report

FCC Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks criticized the FCC’s 2019 Broadband Deployment Report. The report concluded that broadband deployment has been reasonable and timely throughout the United States, despite more than 21 million Americans lacking broadband access. The report’s conclusion is an affront to these unserved Americans.

“By determining that under the law broadband deployment is reasonable and timely for all Americans, we not only fall short of our statutory responsibility, we show a cruel disregard for those who the digital age has left behind,” said Rosenworcel.

In her dissent, Commissioner Rosenworcel criticizes the FCC’s reliance on inaccurate carrier-provided data and its failure to set high broadband standards, including speeds of 100 megabytes per second.