The FCC more than Quintupled the Legal Definition of ‘Broadband’

It used to be that a 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload was all it took for an internet connection to be considered “broadband,” and for the mid-to-late 1990s, it WAS blazing fast.  The key word in that last sentence is “WAS”, and a couple of weeks ago the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just flipped that definition on its ear. FCC commissioners voted 3-2 in favor of dramatically upping the minimum broadband threshold: Now ALL internet service providers will have to offer speeds of AT LEAST 25 Mbps down/3 Mbps up (which is a much better minimum that 4/1) if they want to label their offering as “broadband”. Here’s some perspective: the average American home broadband connection pulls down around 11 Mbps, while approximately 17 percent of Americans technically (by new definition) no longer have broadband internet. Continue reading “The FCC more than Quintupled the Legal Definition of ‘Broadband’”