The FCC's new map "relies on the self-reported data of Internet service providers," write Brian Whitacre, Sharon Strover and Colin Rhinesmith. The old map "was compiled by different entities in each state with only voluntary participation from providers. . . . Providers are required to detail all census blocks where their service is available, along with the speeds available (from eight possible tiers) and technology type." Census blocks contain 30 to 500 people; the U.S. has 11 million blocks.
|Part of table comparing speeds on FCC map with those found by Measurement Lab. Yonder article has entire table.|
More about the authors: Whitacre is an economics professor at Oklahoma State University; Strover is a Regents Professor at the University of Texas, where she directs the Technology and Information Policy Institute; Rhinesmith is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College.