Depending on who you ask, the FCC’s latest US broadband deployment report is either cause to be “proud of the progress” that’s been made towards providing more Americans access to fast internet, or it’s flat out wrong and “bears no relation to reality.” And that’s just if you chat with members of the FCC’s five commissioner panel.

The opinions fall on two ends of the political spectrum. For better or worse, politics and broadband are intertwined. The FCC’s recently released 2020 broadband report (PDF) highlights this inescapable truth. In it, the agency at large proclaims “available evidence demonstrates that the digital divide continues to narrow as more Americans than ever before have access too high-speed broadband.”

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