FCC Considers Increasing Minimum Broadband Speeds – HotHardware

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Is the FCC trolling ISPs (on our behalf)? The agency is considering raising the standard minimum speed for what is considered “high-speed Internet”, which would potentially force ISPs to work faster to roll out better service to more areas. Currently, broadband Internet speed is defined as 4Mbps, but according to an anonymous FCC…

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this interesting article on a proposed FCC policy that would raise the minimum speed for what is called “high speed internet.”  Presently, that standard is set at 4 Mbps.  The FCC proposal would increase that number to 10 Mbps or perhaps even higher to 25 Mbps.  According to Hall, “A higher standard for broadband is brilliant for consumers as it will force ISPs to upgrade networks or face the intervention of the FCC.”  Of course, you will pay for this improved service, especially in rural areas of the country where internet service is dead slow anyway.  Amateur radio operators who run their stations through remote control could see a huge benefit in enhanced  response time and interconnectivity between  their homes and  their  remotely located transmitters and antennas.  Ham operators in HOA and CC&R-governed properties could experience amateur radio in “real time.”  Commercial radio and television stations could also use the improved speeds to connect studios to remotely located transmitters and antenna towers.  You can get almost everything these days if you’re willing to pay the price.  In my current location on Hawaii Island, the best I can do now is a highly reliable, but agonizingly slow dial-up connection.  At least the system works…I’m thankful for that.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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