The Federal Communications Commission's broadband report is being hammered by critics who say it paints a rosy a picture of high-speed internet availability in the U.S.

While WV politicians, including Gov. Jim Justice, is going around the state issuing mini-grants for broadband in numerous rural counties, most of which have seen little betterment with access in the past 20 years.

The FCC's annual rosy Broadband Deployment Report says the country's digital divide has "narrowed substantially," with the number of Americans without broadband dropping more than 18%, to 21.3 million people, between 2016 and 2017.

Dissenting statements along with the report that said it was at odds with the reality of internet availability on the ground, including West Virginia.

The FCC's data collection methods have been routinely labeled as flawed.

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