Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

FCC votes to improve broadband maps

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images.

The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to require broadband service providers like Comcast and Verizon to provide more granular information about where their services are available in order to create more precise broadband maps.

Why it matters: The agency uses its maps to determine where billions of dollars in broadband subsidies should be allocated. But the mapping data used has long been criticized for overstating the availability of broadband services and speeds to consumers, especially in rural areas where coverage is spotty.

Former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler debunks 5G myths

Former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In a new report to be published later this week, former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler knocks down some popular misconceptions around 5G, the next generation of wireless network service.

Why it matters: The advent of 5G has been sold to the public as a global race, but that framing oversimplifies the issue and opens the door to nationalist pandering and special-interest promotions.