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ID Insight Validates F.C.C. Broadband Report

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August 11, 2010

ID Insight Validates F.C.C. Broadband Report

By Jai C.S., TMCnet Contributor

ID Insight, a company founded in 2002 focused in identity fraud detection and prevention, has unveiled new assessment of the F.C.C. 706 Report and statistics, all compiled in the newly released version of BroadBand Scout.

The report indicates that the U.S. is not making reasonable broadband progress and that 1,205 counties are not served by broadband, representing 13.9 million households, and less than half of broadband connections can receive HD video streaming.

BroadBand Scout is specifically designed to show the carriers, connectivity, speed and usage details of the national broadband landscape. It is said to allow readers to quickly understand existing market share, see changes in market activity, verify actual speed of your network and target new areas for service expansion.

ID Insight’s patent-pending process analyzes hundreds of millions of Internet transactions that link a consumer's physical address to their Internet carrier.

As an independent third-party broadband data validation firm tracking 100 million consumers and businesses, ID Insight’s assessment of the F.C.C. 706 Report typifies the important role it expects to play with government, industry and constituent stakeholders in the drive for USF reform. ID Insight also reinforces the F.C.C.’s finding that there is a consistency with respect to demographics, namely that unserved areas are more likely to have lower incomes and are located in more rural areas.

BroadBand Scout addresses the need to have accurate, up-to-date third-party data-validation tools. Several F.C.C. decisions and actions have stirred controversy that threatens to impede progress in implementing the National Broadband Plan and Universal Service Fund reform.

In the F.C.C.’s Sixth Broadband Deployment Report, released in late July, the federal agency increased the minimum speed threshold for broadband. The new standard increased from 200 kilobits per second (kbps) in both directions to 4 megabits per second (mbps) download and 1 mbps upload.

The new metrics returned results that prompted the F.C.C. to revise its previous findings that broadband is being reasonably deployed across the country. The F.C.C. now puts the figure at 1,024 counties unserved, representing 8.9 million households.

According to ID Insight president Adam Elliott, the decision to increase the minimum speed that defines broadband, which the F.C.C. calls “overdue,” significantly changes the landscape.

“You get a completely different picture of who is unserved depending on where you draw the line regarding what constitutes broadband. That picture – and the methods of measuring broadband access – is constantly changing and evolving,” Elliott said.

“BroadBand Scout allows us to see an accurate and current picture of broadband usage, no matter the definition,” Elliott added.

By using a unique analytical survey process of accessing millions of records in ID Insight’s proprietary databases, BroadBand Scout reports data based on any download and upload speed, geographical location or other metrics. The database also accurately tracks the service provider and the type of connection subscribers are using down to any geographic location.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda

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