In an opinion piece written Tuesday for a publication that reports on Congress, House Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-MI) assailed the FCC’s current methodology for ascertaining broadband penetration, as he declared that, “to meet our escalating needs, we must examine whether the current measure of broadband speed in this country is adequate.” While acknowledging that “the overall number of United States households adopting broadband is growing,” Dingell asserted that the position of the U.S. in comparison to foreign markets is “worsening,” as “consumers in other countries enjoy broadband connections that are faster, cheaper and offered by more providers.” One key factor, according to Dingell, is the FCC’s continued reliance on an outdated definition of high-speed broadband service that was established in 1999 as 200 kilobits per second in one direction. Although the FCC’s latest broadband data show a significant increase in broadband connections of at least 200 Kbps per second, Dingell observed: “there is universal agreement that [200 Kbps per second] is insufficient for cutting edge applications such as streaming video (1 Mbps), medical monitoring (2.5 Mbps) or videoconferencing (6 Mbps).” Dingell also termed the FCC’s current method of measuring broadband penetration by zip code as “neither useful or accurate.” Warning that “the lack of an up-to-date, comprehensive strategy forces the communications sector to muddle through a landscape marked by disparate government programs,” Dingell suggested: “a realistic assessment that maps actual deployment and adoption will better enable policy makers to identify gaps in [broadband] availability, price and speed.”