Re: fine the companies for gaming the metrics in their favour
It's not just the FCC. The Census Bureau's question on internet access lumps DSL in with fiber and cable.
Do you or any member of this household have access to the Internet using a -
a) cellular data plan for a smartphone or other mobile device?
b) broadband (high speed) Internet service such as cable, fiber optic, or DSL service installed in this household?
c) satellite Internet service installed in this household?
d) dial-up Internet service installed in this household?
e) some other service?
Notice the complete absence of any speed indications or specifics. Apparently, gigabit Fios = gigabit+ cable = 1 Mpbs DSL.
Hughesnet's geostationary sat service, with its infamous data caps and 500-750 ms latency, would be considered the same as Starlink's LEO service.
And how exactly does one "install" dial-up service?
The FCC uses the Census data, and the next Census won't take place for another 10 years...