What 'Accessible' Means

David, a former educational content delivery network engineer, raises an interesting fact about high speed access:

Just as important is how the FCC defines the reach of broadband to an area. If only one consumer (business or residential) can get `broadband' in a zip code, the entire zip code is deemed to be broadband accessible.

Obviously with the distance limitations of the technologies of today (cable and DSL), whole sections (can you hear red-lining?) of a city, county or state may only have marginal access but be considered as `broadband accessible.' What a farce.

Let's get this puppy rolling towards a real information highway rather than a toll way which provides marginal service.

So as it turns out, the numbers do lie. How many millions of people do we think have access to high speed internet that really don’t?