The US does not trust operators and will collect information from users

U.S It is known for being a country with little state intervention depending on what parts of the market. The operators have had wide sleeves to deploy and set the rates they want in the country, and more so today with the removal of net neutrality. However, it seems that governments are tired of not having reliable data on connections of the country due to the complaints of monopolistic practices of some operators, as well as that they do not enjoy the contracted speed. Therefore, they believe that the solution lies with the users themselves.

The FCC has opened a consultation to receive consumer opinions of the country to comment on their Internet use experience and that opinion they have of their operator. To date, the FCC had relied only on data provided by operators to see how network availability and competition progressed in the country. The data allows the FCC to create a map to see which areas need the most investment.

This query, called Broadband Data Collection, therefore seeks to offer a more up-to-date and detailed map of broadband coverage of fixed and mobile networks in each area to see if the information offered by the operators really matches the real information reported by consumers.

Today we will begin collecting first-hand accounts on #broadband availability and service quality directly from consumers as part of our Broadband Data Collection program.

The map that they will improve with that information is available at this link. By entering an address, on the right you can see directly which fixed network operators are available, to choose between ADSL, cable, fiber, fixed wireless network or satellite with the corresponding operators and speeds of each of the technologies. In addition, it allows filtering by technologies and by minimum speed, and we can see, on a color map, the number of available operators in each block.

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On the map you can see that, in cities, there may be more than one ten operators. However, in rural areas, the figure drops to one if we take into account fixed access networks, and leaving aside satellite companies such as ViaSat or SpaceX.

Create an mapa of this style in Spain it would be ideal, where you could have a map of joint coverage of all the operators, as well as a section that reports on the average internet speed on streets and blocks to determine what coverage reaches that point, and especially if there is fiber optics available and several operators that offer it, something vital when choosing a home today. The closest thing we have today is the map of white and gray areas, which do not plan to have fiber in the next three years, or only have one operator that offers it.