Actual counts are provided for zip codes with more than 3 providers, in effect masking under provisioning while detailing better resourced areas where the local market is presumably more competitive. We also omit metrics for frontier (dsl) from 2011-2014 since it acquired a number of services from other carriers during these years. Chart 19 shows the variations among the four u. Due to the increasingly high service tiers now being offered by some isps, home network performance is of growing interest to the fcc. Problems with these datasets fall into two principal categories: inappropriate and inconsistent definitions; and limitations, bias, and error arising from multiple sources.
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Going forward, the fcc plans to continue using weighted median values (with the weights based upon the subscribership numbers for each isp tier as provided by the isp to the fcc) since they are more accurate. Due to the recent merger of cablevision with altice and the rebranding of the broadband service as optimum, we have changed references to cablevision to optimum in this report and will continue in succeeding reports. Prior to 2004, providers with fewer than 250 high speed lines or wireless channels in a given state were exempt from the reporting requirement, thus potentially under-representing rural areas with low population densities.