FCC changes the definition of broadband2015-01-30 09:55 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, broadband
The Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 in favour of higher broadband speeds. The new definition for broadband is now 25Mbps download speeds, instead of 4Mbps and upload speeds of 3Mbps, instead of 1Mbps.
"The 4Mbps/1Mbps standard set in 2010 is dated and inadequate for evaluating whether advanced broadband is being deployed to all Americans in a timely way," the FCC wrote in a press release.
"We are never satisfied with the status quo. We want better. We continue to push the limit, and that is notable when it comes to technology," FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said. "As consumers adopt and demand more from their platforms and devices, the need for broadband will increase, requiring robust networks to be in place in order to keep up. What is crystal clear to me is that the broadband speeds of yesteryear are woefully inadequate today and beyond."
The meassure means that if download speeds are under the new threshold, internet providers can no longer call the connection "broadband." It also means that DSL services are totally out of the broadband board. While cable and fiber optic services can easily meet the new standards, DSL — which is delivered over telephone lines — generally never reach the new download threshold.
The bad news about the decision is that it effectively triples the number of US households without broadband access. Before, about 6.3 percent of U.S. households didn't have broadband connection. Now that figure has risen up to 19.4.
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