Internet service providers that use government subsidies to build rural broadband networks must provide speeds of least 10Mbps for downloads and 1Mbps for upload, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided today.
“That is an increase reflecting marketplace and technological changes that have occurred since the FCC set its previous requirement of 4Mbps/1Mbps speeds in 2011,” the FCC said.
This action affects only broadband networks paid for by the Connect America Fund, which comes from surcharges paid by phone customers. The FCC’s official definition of broadband remains at 4Mbps/1Mbps for now, but the commission is likely to change that as well.
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