(WUTR-TV) — Back in January a devastating fire destroyed a family’s home in Oriskany Falls. Fire officials believe that the home may have been saved if the family been able to get a signal to call for help. At the end of last year, Congressman Brindisi created a comprehensive broadband survey for the 22nd district to pinpoint which areas are lacking the most coverage.
“New York’s congressional 22nd district is home to the slowest internet speeds of any region in New York state. 4 out of 5 households in our area are dissatisfied with internet speeds they get at home,” – Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D) NY-22
The survey included a speed test and an online questionnaire where residents were asked about their internet service. There were more than 1,000 participants and over 120,000 speed tests. More than 50% of households rated their internet company as poor or terrible. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel says that their current data method called census blocking is outdated and inaccurate.
“In places like New York state, census blocks can be really big areas of hundreds of square miles and if make an assumption that a single subscriber in that census block has service, therefore everyone does, we’re radically overstating the presence of broadband. And, that’s a problem.” – Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioner
Brindisi says there were 4 main takeaways from the survey. Number one, the FCC should collect more accurate data and direct funding where it’s needed most.
“Secondly, we need to invest more to bring broadband in rural areas including holding big cable companies accountable. Third, we need stronger oversight of taxpayer dollars. Number 4, we need market competition.” – Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D) NY-22
Tomorrow we will examine how the FCC is working towards a solution and how new legislation in Washington could speed up the process of broadband expansion in the 22nd district.