The FCC has lastly decreed that 25Mbps and 3Mbps usually are not ‘broadband’ velocity

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“I feel our new threshold, frankly, must be 100Mbps. I feel something wanting that shortchanges our youngsters, our future, and our new digital economic system.” That’s what FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel argued 9 years in the past — now, it’s lastly taking place.

Right this moment, the FCC has modified its definition of “broadband” to imply obtain speeds of 100 megabits per second and add speeds of 20 megabits per second. It had been caught at 25Mbps/3Mbps since 2015. As just lately as 2021, outgoing FCC chairman Ajit Pai claimed we nonetheless didn’t want greater than that.

These definitions matter, as a result of they let the FCC report whether or not it’s failing or succeeding to shut the broadband hole — and the way a lot to manage (or throw cash at) broadband suppliers to…

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