Australia’s NBN’s road to ‘bare-minimum broadband’ by Mark Gregory

A key proposal included in the draft of the Annual Broadband Progress Report circulated to fellow FCC commissioners by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler on January 8 is for the definition of broadband to be raised from 4 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream.Last month, the FCC ruled that US internet service providers (ISPs) receiving Universal Service (known as Connect America) funding to build rural and remote broadband networks must provide customers with a minimum 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream, which raises the download speed that was last set in 2011 at 4 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream.

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