FCC says broadband deployment is too slow2016-01-08 19:28 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, broadband
In a recent statement the U.S Federal Communications Commission has criticised ISPs that the broadband deployment in the U.S is too slow. According to the broadband fact sheet about 34 million Americans, or 10 percent of the US population, lack access to broadband speeds, which were redefined a year ago to 25 Mbps for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads.
"While the nation continues to make progress in broadband deployment, advanced telecommunications capacity is not being deployed in a reasonable and timely fashion to all Americans," the report states.
However, Internet service providers do not share this opinion. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), which represents Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and many other cable companies expressed its disagreement:
"Despite the significant, year-over-year advances in broadband capabilities underscored in the Commission's own data, the conclusions of the FCC's [Broadband Progress] Report continue an alarming trend of ignoring objectivity and facts in order to serve political ends and maximize agency power".
Despite critics, the overall conclusion of the FCC is that broadband deployment is improving. In 2012, one in five people in the U.S. lacked access to broadband at speeds of at least 25 Mbps, while 55% of people living in rural areas lacked access to broadband at that speed.
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