The FCC Changes What Broadband Is

Posted: Jul 22 2010, 11:57am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 12 2010, 12:33am CDT, in News | Technology News

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The FCC has just changed their definition of broadband Internet (via IntoMobile). Now broadband is 4 megabits per second download speed and 1 megabit per second upload speed. By this definition, roughly 24 million people do not have access to broadband Internet. The future of broadband connectivity in those rural is said to be bleak.

That does not present an entirely accurate picture, however. Both AT&T and Verizon disagree with several aspects of the report. Some 7 million of those homes without traditional broadband access are still within range of satellite networks. Derek Turner, Free Press research director, agreed with the FCC findings,

“The facts present a sobering reality of our broadband problem. We pay far too much for far too little, and the lack of meaningful competition among Internet service providers leads to delayed investment and slow technological progress,”

Who do you think is right?

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