FCC proposes major boost in minimum broadband speeds

FCC proposes major boost in minimum broadband speeds

be the long-term objective and wants to triple the baseline broadband standard in the US.

The US Federal Communication Commission (FCC) feels that gigabit speeds should be the long-term objective and wants to triple the baseline broadband standard in the US.

The existing baseline of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload, established in 2015, according to FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rocenworcel, is already insufficient to accommodate the apps that Americans need for business, leisure, and daily life.

She has thus published a “Notice of Inquiry” to kick off the FCC’s yearly assessment of the condition of broadband.

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In order to eventually reach 1Gbps and 500Mbps, the notice suggests raising the baseline threshold to 100Mbps upload and 20Mbps download.

The FCC’s 25/3 speed measure is no longer enough to meet the demands of internet users, especially amid a worldwide health epidemic that forced so many people to shift their lives online, according to Rosenworcel.

The 25/3 measure is not only outdated, but also dangerous since it hides how much low-income neighborhoods and rural areas are being neglected and shut off from modern society.

“That’s why we need to raise the standard for minimum broadband speeds now and while also aiming even higher for the future, because we need to set big goals if we want everyone everywhere to have a fair shot at 21st century success.”

As part of the Universal Service Obligation, every household and company in the UK has the legal right to seek a “decent” connection with a minimum download speed of 10 Mbps and an upload speed of 1 Mbps (USO). While many individuals obtain speeds that are substantially greater than this, the government intends to periodically reassess the minimal requirement.

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