Much like the last 3 Congressionally-mandated reports, the FCC’s 8th Broadband Availability Report concludes gaps in broadband availability continue to exist. Despite progress, the report found that about 19mln Americans (6% of the population) lack access to fixed broadband service at threshold speeds. In rural areas, nearly 25% of the population (14.5mln people) lacks access. It concludes that until the Commission’s Connect America reforms are fully implemented, the gaps will likely continue. But the FCC’s Republican commissioners see things differently. Read more in today’s issue.