U.S. Congressman Surveys Connectivity Speeds in New York

Critical of the way federal data on broadband Internet is currently collected, U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi will conduct a survey to collect data on constituents' Internet providers and to test their Internet speed.

by H. Rose Schneider, Observer-Dispatch / November 27, 2019
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(TNS) — Critical of the way federal data on broadband internet is currently collected, U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi announced Friday morning at Floyd, N.Y., Town Hall that he would be providing an online survey to collect data on constituents' internet providers and to test their internet speed.

For those with poor or no internet, surveys would also be mailed, Brindisi said.

The representative of the 22nd Congressional district was joined by Oneida County Legislator Phil Sacco, who represents parts of Deerfield, Floyd and Trenton; and Floyd Supervisor Willard Streiff. Streiff described a "no-man's land" for internet in certain parts of the town.

Brindisi said that the Federal Communications Commission currently considers a census block to have internet even if only a single household out of many others does. The information is used to determine how funding for broadband internet expansion is distributed, he said, which is why he is offering a more comprehensive survey.

Brindisi's web page will offer internet testing through Measurement Lab, an open source project collecting data on internet performance; the data is made available to the public, its website says.

The United States Census does ask participants in its American Community Survey if they have a computer or internet; this survey, unlike the 10-year census, annually surveys samples of the U.S. population.

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