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Ajit Pai buries 2-year-old speed test data in appendix of 762-page report

December 5th, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai holding a stack of papers while testifying in front of a Senate committee.

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai testifying at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on May 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Win McNamee )

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday released broadband speed test data for the first time in two years, after ignoring months of inquiries about why the annual speed test reports hadn't been released since Ajit Pai became chairman.

As we reported last month, the FCC's Measuring Broadband Program hadn't issued a new report since December 1, 2016.

Pai's office ignored questions from Ars about the lack of new data, and his commission never provided documents in response to a public records request we made in August. But now, the FCC has released a draft of two Measuring Broadband America reports, one for 2017 and one for 2018.

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Ajit Pai isn’t saying whether ISPs deliver the broadband speeds you pay for

November 19th, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai drinking from a giant coffee mug in front of an FCC seal.

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai with his oversized coffee mug in November 2017. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

Nearly two years have passed since the Federal Communications Commission reported on whether broadband customers are getting the Internet speeds they pay for.

In 2011, the Obama-era FCC began measuring broadband speeds in nearly 7,000 consumer homes as part of the then-new Measuring Broadband America program. Each year from 2011 to 2016, the FCC released an annual report comparing the actual speeds customers received to the advertised speeds customers were promised by Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, AT&T, and other large ISPs.

But the FCC hasn't released any new Measuring Broadband America reports since Republican Ajit Pai became the commission chairman in January 2017. Pai's first year as chair was the first time the FCC failed to issue a new Measuring Broadband America report since the program started—though the FCC could release a new report before his second year as chair is complete.

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