FCC redefines broadband with speed above 25 Mbps
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has redefined broadband as connection that offers 25 Mbps or higher speed. In order to call their service broadband, internet service providers will have to provide 25 Mbps or higher speed for downloads and 3 Mbps plus for uploads, to consumers.
The earlier definition of broadband included 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload speed. The new FCC move will push telecom service providers to improve their network and speeds. FCC has also taken the throttling issue seriously. Many telecom providers throttle the speed of connections for users consuming high amount of data. FCC has taken a tough stance on throttling issue and said that such connections could not be called unlimited.
In most of the rural areas across the United States, the internet speeds have remained low over the years. Telecom companies have improved their infrastructure in major cities and have offered better connectivity. Companies might have to spend more money and to offer better download limit plans to consumers in future.
At the moment, only 19.4 percent of internet connections have the required speed to be classified as broadband. Additionally, 25 percent consumers will be left with only one choice across the United States regarding higher speed broadband connection. At the moment, 39 percent consumers have speed above 10Mbps.
The United States ranks 12th in terms of global ranking for internet speed. The average internet speed across United States is 11.5 Mbps.
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