I Used to be the [H] News Guy
- Nov 27, 2006
One of the items in the US economic stimulus package is to make broadband service more widely available. The first part of that plan is to map out the current broadband availability but ISPs initially opposed the mapping. The clarification of the rules should help speed up the mapping process, though watchdog groups arent happy about this development.
Companies do not want to share the specific data because they do not want their competitors to see it. But failing to make it public allows the companies to advertise -- and charge for -- something that they often cannot deliver, said Joel Kelsey, a telecom policy analyst at Consumers Union, a watchdog group.