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October 1, 2008

Question Of The Day

by Doug Mataconis

Which provision of the Constitution, propertly construed, authorized the Federal Government to do this:

WASHINGTON — Congress has passed legislation that will require the government to keep closer tabs on who has access to the Internet and who does not.

Supporters hope the Broadband Data Improvement Act will help policymakers better identify areas of the country that are falling behind when it comes to high-speed Internet access.

The bill passed both houses of Congress, with the Senate approving a final version Tuesday on a voice vote.

Senate sponsor Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, said the federal government has a responsibility to make sure Americans have access to the Internet, but “we cannot manage what we do not measure.”

The Federal Communications Commission collects data on broadband use, but its methods have been criticized as outdated. The commission voted in March to greatly improve its data collection. Broadband providers will be required to provide subscription numbers by Census tract, speed and type of technology.

The legislation passed by Congress goes further. It requires the FCC to conduct consumer surveys of broadband use in urban, suburban and rural areas, as well as large and small business markets. Survey questions will include the cost of access and data transmission speeds.

The legislation requires the agency to compile a list of locales that lack broadband service and determine population and income levels in those areas.

Yea, I can’t find it either.

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2 Comments

  1. Senate sponsor Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, said the federal government has a responsibility to make sure Americans have access to the Internet

    Sure thing, Danny-boy. I guess it also has a responsibility to make sure Americans have access to toilet paper. Good the the Federal Reserve has that one covered.

    Comment by Jeff Molby — October 1, 2008 @ 9:42 am
  2. I always knew AT&T wasn’t going to rest in pieces back in the 80′s.

    The telecoms haven’t been welcomed by the people they’re trying to sell their services to, so their only recourse is to sue. http://www.law.com/jsp/legaltechnology/pubArticleLT.jsp?id=1202422769174

    But why sue when it’s more favorable to place a mandate on the cities. If done quickly, the city won’t be able to pass the responsibility off to the company. But when did the government turn into a business? I missed something.

    Sen. Daniel Inouye: Good ol’ boy. Kick ‘em all out!

    Comment by Paul — October 1, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

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