Rumors have been floating around for at least six months that the FCC might change the definition of “broadband” actually to mean the real high-speed connections we need access to in the real world — and now it looks like they finally are.
The FCC has to provide a report on the state of broadband deployment in the U.S. to Congress every year. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler circulated the draft of the most recent version to the rest of the Commission this week, and it finally ups the stakes, as Ars Technica reports, defining broadband as a connection that pulls a download speed of 25 Mbps or greater, and an upload speed of at least 3 Mbps.
Wheeler said in a speech back in September that the current benchmark of 4 Mbps is insufficient for modern use, so it’s not a surprise that he’s moving to increase the minimum threshold. However, it was unclear whether Wheeler would set the benchmark at 10 Mbps or shoot for the higher 25 Mbps standard. It appears the FCC is going with the latter.
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