Broadband providers: Negative FCC report would ‘strain credulity’

Democrats and Republicans are often split over whether the state of American broadband access is satisfactory.

Republicans, including two commissioners at the FCC, routinely point to the figure of 95 percent, which is the share of the country that has access to broadband. The Republican commissioners are expected to dissent from the report's findings.

But Democrats, who have three votes at the FCC, draw attention to the fact that this means 14 million to 24 million Americans remain without access.

A poor broadband report would “strain credulity,” McCormick added. “Clearly, our country is in the middle of a broadband explosion.”

Broadband providers see a negative report as something the Democratic commissioners could use to justify more stringent regulations on their businesses.