Measuring Broadband: Improving Communications Policymaking through Better Data Collection

  • November 14, 2007
  • By Kenneth Flamm, Amy Friedlander, John Horrigan, and William Lehr

Imperfect or absent data are rarely mentioned in policy discussions. Yet the communications policy debate in the United States today is inseparable from debates about the data used to make claims about policy propositions.

Policy makers are beginning to see the need for better data, and this report contains recommendations on the principles that should guide efforts to improve data collection on the deployment and use of communications infrastructure.

Read the full report Measuring Broadband on the the Pew Internet & American Life Project Web site.

The report is based on a workshop convened last year by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.