FCC to assess high-speed Internet access


Federal regulators want to determine whether high-speed Internet access is being made available fast enough to all Americans, calling it "critical" to the nation's economy.

The Federal Communications Commission said Monday it has begun to assess the availability of broadband, or high-speed, service, especially in rural and other underserved areas.

The agency will also focus its inquiry on the cost of service and analyze competition among broadband providers.

The FCC is seeking comments on how to speed up the rollout of high-speed Internet access, as well as opinions on investment trends in the industry.

Additionally, the FCC is seeking comment on how to improve the data collected on wireless broadband services and data about subscribers who make telephone calls over the Internet.

The agency said improving this data will help set broadband policy in the future.

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