This paper provides several, consistent measures of broadband availability from 2009 to 2016, based on data available on the FCC’s website. They reveal substantial growth in the numbers of broadband providers over time.
The strength of broadband competition, as measured by the number of alternative providers available to consumers, was an important consideration in the FCC’s 2015 decision to impose regulatory restrictions on providers of broadband Internet access services and in its 2018 decision that eliminated those restrictions. This report updates the several measures of broadband availability described in Advanced Analytical Consulting Group’s (AACG) previous reports in this series, which have been constructed consistently from 2009 to 2016, based on data available on the FCC’s website. They reveal substantial growth in the numbers of broadband providers over time. The FCC reports based on the same data have not provided consistent measures over time or even sufficient overlap in evolving measures to assess the evolution of competition over time. The FCC produced only a subset of the measures presented in this report for 2009 to 2013, never produced any measures of broadband service or the underlying data that the FCC collected in June 2014, and for subsequent years changed how broadband availability is measured. Further, the broadband availability measures that the FCC described in its 2015 Open Internet Order (1) were based on service levels from December 2013—over a year before the 2015 Order was adopted, and (2) introduced a new metric that the FCC had not relied on in previous orders (e.g., 2010 Open Internet Order). This measurement change renders evaluation of the growth in broadband availability difficult, if not impossible. This report provides several consistent series of measures calculated from raw data available at the FCC’s website that extend the FCC’s 2009-2013 data series to later dates, facilitating comparison of broadband availability levels over time.
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