More than two-thirds of U.S. broadband connections aren't

FCC report shows 68% of Internet connections billed as 'broadband' don't meet standard

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The shortcomings in this report are inexcusable and suggest that Chairman Genachowski's commitment to run a 'data-driven' agency is thus far just an empty slogan.

Some "broadband" providers might point to the fact that the FCC report tested Internet access speeds in 2009 and then go on to claim that they've made "significant progress" since then, much as AT&T claims whenever Consumer Reports trashes its wireless service. To that I say: Different year, same lies.

When you read stuff like this, it's easy to understand why U.S. wireless carriers feel free to shamelessly call their existing networks 4G, when they actually don't meet the defined benchmarks for 4G. It's because they can.

Chris Nerney writes about the business side of technology market strategies and trends, legal issues, leadership changes, mergers, venture capital, IPOs and technology stocks. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisNerney.

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