FCC’s Deeply Flawed Broadband Report

In my day job, I’m a policy researcher at ITIF working on Internet issues, so the FCC Broadband Deployment Report naturally caught my eye. See the analysis:

The bottom line is that the universal service fund for traditional telephony needs to be replaced with a universal broadband fund that brings cost-effective service to remote areas, and federal funding is needed for programs to stimulate more widespread ownership and use of computers. The debate over the Broadband Deployment Report’s new methodology and curious emphasis should not obscure this fact.

…and don’t be too impressed by people throwing numbers around out of context. “Data-driven policy” should mean that the data drives the policy, not the other way around.