Broadband Data Improvement Act Law and Legal Definition

The Broadband Data Improvement Act (BDIA) is a U.S. federal law enacted in 2008 to improve the quality and availability of broadband services. The BDIA has established a number of initiatives to improve the quality of state and federal data on the availability and quality of broadband services, and promote the deployment of affordable broadband services to all parts of the nation.

The BDIA directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC ) to collect and examine data on the extent of broadband service capability in other countries as part of its annual consideration of whether advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans on a reasonable and timely basis.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Act, the FCC must conduct and make public periodic surveys of consumers in urban, suburban, and rural areas in the large business, small business, and residential consumer markets. The survey would be used to collect data on areas such as: types of technology used to provide the broadband service capability to which consumers subscribe; monthly consumers payments for such capability; the actual data transmission speeds of such capability; and the types of applications and services consumers most frequently use in conjunction with such capability.