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FCC Fudging Broadband Figures? – US Broadband Penetration Jumps to 58.6% in June – July 2005 Bandwidth Report

The FCC’s recent broadband penetration report has critics wondering about its accuracy. Is the FCC fudging US broadband figures to avoid taking “immediate action” or artificially inflate penetration rates to help the President meet his stated goal of “universal, affordable access to broadband by 2007”? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, in June, US broadband jumped 1.36 percentage points to 58.57% among active Internet users.

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US Broadband Penetration Drops to 51.3% Among Active Internet Users – FCC Approves Broadband Over Power Line Rules – October 2004 Bandwidth Report

For the first time, U.S. broadband penetration dropped to 51.3% among active Internet users in September. US broadband penetration decreased by 0.09 percentage points in September, with 51.33% of active Internet users on high-speed connections at home. 48.67% of US home users dial into the Internet with “narrowband” connections of 56Kbps or less. Meanwhile the FCC Thursday approved rules allowing broadband over power lines and eased restrictions on local phone companies’ high-speed networks.

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