Broadband in the US is in bad shape. We already know that large parts of the country don’t have access to broadband speeds – but even where they do, those connections are often plagued by limited options, predatory billing practices and a general lack of choice. And because of the dismal state of federal data collection, it’s hard to gauge the full extent of the problem.
So last year we took matters into our own hands. In partnership with Consumer Reports, we asked readers to share their internet accounts with us, and more than 22,000 of you did. The Consumer Reports data team spent more than a year reviewing this data, and together we’ve put together a picture of how much people in the US are paying for internet access.
To be clear, this is not a standard statistical survey. The 22,000 notes we received are specific to our readers, so they are not predictive or representative of the national broadband market. However, it is one of the most ambitious efforts of its kind to understand and provide a unique look at what broadband access in America really looks like.
Consumer Reports has a more detailed and methodical write-up of the data we find and how we analyze it. But for our part, we try to get a bird’s eye view of what we’re learning and what people are saying about their experiences with the companies they pay monthly for.
That, in a nutshell, is the problem with broadband in America.
This is an example page. It’s different from a blog post because it will stay in one place and will show up in your site navigation (in most themes). Most people start with an About page that introduces them to potential site visitors. It might say something like this:
Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.)
…or something like this:
The XYZ Doohickey Company was founded in 1971, and has been providing quality doohickeys to the public ever since. Located in Gotham City, XYZ employs over 2,000 people and does all kinds of awesome things for the Gotham community.
As a new WordPress user, you should go to your dashboard to delete this page and create new pages for your content. Have fun!