- FCC Action: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is reviewing the current broadband speed definition.
- Proposed Standards: The new proposal suggests a minimum of 100 Mbps for downloads and 20 Mbps for uploads, up from the current 25/3 Mbps.
- Reason for Change: The FCC Chairwoman cites the outdated standard and its role in overlooking connectivity gaps in underprivileged and rural areas.
- Pandemic Insights: The necessity of reliable high-speed internet for work and personal life during the pandemic has emphasized the urgency for change.
- Impact on Providers: ISPs would need to improve speeds to meet the new broadband criteria or cease advertising their service as broadband.
- Background: The existing broadband benchmark was established in 2015 and hasn’t been updated.
- Looking Forward: The FCC is also considering a long-term goal for broadband speeds, aiming for 1 Gbps downloads and 500 Mbps uploads.
- Regulatory Context: This review is part of the FCC’s routine assessment as required by the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Cheng R. FCC Wants to Raise the Bar on Minimum Broadband Speeds | Cord Cutters News. Cord Cutters News. Published November 2023. Accessed November 4, 2023. https://cordcuttersnews.com/fcc-wants-to-raise-the-bar-on-minimum-broadband-speeds/