FCC Finalizes Broadband Expansion Report Despite Backlash

Law360 (May 29, 2019, 1:51 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday issued a revised annual report that, despite removing inflated figures that tainted an earlier incarnation, continued to show the government and industry are making satisfactory strides toward getting Americans online.

The agency's three Republicans voted to approve the report on circulation, releasing it Wednesday after correcting initial findings that included inflated data indicating millions more Americans had internet access than currently do. The agency's two Democrats dissented from the report's conclusions, however, complaining that it paints too "rosy" a picture of broadband deployment.

The ultimate conclusion of the report — that broadband access is generally improving — did not...

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