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Reliable Broadband Service

As broadband consumers, who advocates for your future of ‘reliable internet service?

Your home internet is likely packaged with telephone and/or cable programming. But, how do you define:

  • Internet at home now?
  • Internet to home in the future?
  • Reliable low-latency internet?

Internet to Home

The internet a global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols; likely including some terrestrial or land-based connectivity to your home.

Internet Service Now

The service your provider brings to you should be uninterrupted speeds measured by:

  1. Download speed, likely based on your movie, educational, and video conference needs.
  2. Upload speed, likely for video conferencing or other cloud uploads.
  3. Latency, likely a tolerable threshold of pressing enter or an action and getting response.
  4. Number of active users.
  5. Time of day.

Across Western North Carolina, internet service may:

  • Not exist
  • Have unacceptable speeds
  • Have a noticeable decrease in high-demand times orpoor weather
  • Have tolerable speeds
  • Provide blazing, dependable speeds and responsivity 24/7/52

Future Internet Service

The government’s recently released Notice Of Funding Opportunity, or NOFO; defines our future internet technology needs as “Reliable Broadband Service.”

This means a broadband service that is shown to be providing broadband in the FCC maps using

  • Fiber-optic technology
  • Cable Modem/ Hybrid fiber-coaxial technology
  • Digital subscriber line (DSL) technology; or (iv) terrestrial fixed wireless technology utilizing entirely licensed spectrum or using a hybrid of licensed and unlicensed spectrum.

In regards to internet speeds, 100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up will become the new threshold over current standards to 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up.

As broadband consumers, who advocates for your future of ‘reliable internet service’ in the future?

Dawson D. The BEAD NOFO – A New Definition of Broadband Technology. POTs and PANs. Published May 18, 2022. Accessed May 26, 2022.