Temporary FCC Chair Michael Copps cites Pew Internet Project data in a report on rural broadband development:
The 2008 Farm Bill required the Chair of the FCC to crank out this compendium outlining "a comprehensive rural broadband strategy" that answered three questions. What is the state of rural broadband? How can the government help overcome obstacles to its expansion? And how can key government agencies cooperate in doing this?
The report's answer to query number one is candid. "The Commission and other federal agencies simply have not collected the comprehensive and reliable data needed to answer this question," it confesses. The survey cites a 2008 Pew Broadband Adoption Study which found that between 57 to 60 percent of urban/suburban consumers have broadband, compared to 38 percent of rural residents.Read More