Tom Wheeler proposes raising definition of high-speed Internet to 25Mbps download speed

Tom Wheeler proposes raising definition of high-speed Internet to 25Mbps download speed

According to a Reuters report, US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed that the definition of the high-speed Internet - or broadband - should be raised to download speeds of 25 megabits per second (Mbps).

Going by a fact sheet shared with Reuters, Wheeler's proposal would also require an upload speed of at least 3Mbps for qualifying broadband.

With the FCC's current definition of high-speed Internet encompassing 4Mbps download speed and 1Mbps upload speed, the new proposal by Wheeler underscores an increase of more than six times over the current standard for high-speed Internet, in terms of download speeds.

Proposing the increase in download speeds to 25Mbps for defining high-speed Internet, Wheeler has put forth the argument that the current 'broadband' speeds are apparently too slow for the modern needs of consumers in the US.

Wheeler's proposal is apparently rooted in the fact that Internet is being increasingly used by consumers for streaming stream music and videos, as well as for making calls or using other services which require faster speeds. For example, streaming service Netflix recommends an Internet connection with 5Mbps to stream video in high definition.

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