The latest finding in case of broadband internet in the US, the FCC states that "broadband is not being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion."
This is stated to be the sixth Broadband Deployment Report that has come to the agency since 1999, but one of the first to reach to a valid conclusion.
The early reports for the same have been a show down for both in terms of how a broadband was defined and the methodology for determining service areas.
For instance, in the last report, from 2008, 200kbps downstream (download) speed was termed to be a broadband connection and in addition to this a single address in lieu of offering broadband service was considered to serve as the entire zip code.
In the current report it has been said, "Our examination of overall Internet traffic patterns reveals that consumers increasingly are using their broadband connections to view high-quality video, and want to be able to do so while still using basic functions such as email and web browsing."
However it has been noted that the actual standards for Broadband connectivity has been upped to 4Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream. It is this usage of the metrics that determines that 14 million Americans thrive in areas where broadband internet service isn't offered till date.