Fast, Universal Broadband: Dirty Secret about the Roadblock

Where's the fastest broadband service? The Federal Communications Commission's effort to expand availability of high-speed Internet access throughout the U.S. offers a clue as to where -- and why -- the best services exist.

companies, organizations and individuals to comment on the state of broadband in the U.S. as part of its now-annual "706 Inquiry." The FCC will use the information to help with , which aims to make high-speed Internet access available to every U.S. resident.

As responses start to come in, many service providers (including Verizon and Comcast) have made it clear that the FCC's current standard of 768 kbps down and 200 kbps up is an adequate speed definition for broadband Internet access.

Naturally, their stance has drawn and accusations that it is setting a low bar for the definition of broadband, .

David E. Young, of Verizon Federal Regulatory Affairs, went as far as to say on , "If we set a baseline definition too high as we aim to wire the unwired in remote areas, we may have made that goal much harder to achieve due -- not to will or policy -- ."

Young points out that states with higher population densities that are served by Verizon FiOS Internet are, in fact, the top four states for reported Internet connection speed.