FCC: "Broadband" now means 4Mb/s down, 1Mb/s up

By Matthew · 24 replies
Jul 23, 2010
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  1. Continuing its push to deliver high-speed Internet to Americans, the FCC has redefined what constitutes a "broadband" connection. For more than a decade, download rates of 200Kb/s or better qualified as a broadband service, but that benchmark has been substantially increased to 4Mb/s downstream and 1Mb/s upstream. The commission believes those are minimum speeds essential for using today's "video-rich broadband applications and services, while retaining sufficient capacity for basic web browsing and email."

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  2. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    So I guess companies can't label any connection now "Broadband" unless it meets those requirement? But I guess they can still call it "Highspeed" internet.

    Although by those terms I guess I no longer have "Broadband" b/c I don't think I meet the 1mpbs speed for the upload at home. Think I only hit in about 512kpbs upload.
  3. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    Why do we allow ourselves to be browbeaten into a third world expensive internet system? Can you say greed and Monopolies.

    The FCC for once called it correctly, now let's see if the Politicos can keep their hands out of the pockets of the Consumers long enough to encourage more Competition. ( I won't hold my breath)
  4. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    I have 18mbs down bot only like 1.25-1.5mbps up. Soon, I won't have broadband :'(
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,472   +126

    Well I am playing for 30mb/s down and 10mb/s up that's it. There is 50mb/s down and 10mb/s up and that cost so much more and to me it's not worth the additional $30 bucks for it.
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I pay $60 a month for 6Mbps down 512kbps up. Pretty sad. Especially since there is a university here with very fast speeds.
  7. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    512kbps down 128kbps upload. Stop complaining and bring this broadband push to Canada.
  8. motrin

    motrin TS Booster Posts: 162   +15

    i have 50kbps down (on a good day) and 7~kbps up.

    "expensive-to-serve areas with low population density," describes my situation quite well.
  9. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,472   +126

    Wow! That's expensive! That's the price of the 50mb/s down and 10mb/s up I was quoted this year.
  10. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    I still don't care, I'll pay any amount for an internet thats not government controlled.
  11. JudaZ

    JudaZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 284

    ha ha ... 4Mb/s??? are they kidding? I think that is defined as slowband
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I don't know where you live in Canada, but the problem with Canada is that it has more rural area than the US. The rural areas will always be overlooked. My parents live 6 miles north of a town of 2,200 and they can't get anything except dial up and satellite. Satellite is completely unacceptable for the cost vs benefit. I don't think they'll get broadband for at least another 5 years. There just isn't enough cost/benefit for a DSL company to run it, despite the US gov giving the phone companies billions in the 90s to run fiber everywhere
  13. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,667   +987

    I'm currently paying $140 for a 3.5mbps down/500kbps up connection. It's expensive and not very speedy compared to others' truly phenomenal 100/100 connections (damn you, Per! :)) but I know it could be way worse.
  14. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,957   +214

  15. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,667   +987

    @Per True, very true... I do recall your "let's climb a tree to get faster net access" days.
  16. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

  17. achromicia

    achromicia TS Rookie

    Well 90% of Australia no longer has Broadband. The majority of connections here are 1.5mb/s down and 256kb/s up.
  18. I get 90k max down and about half that up. I'm living on a beach on an island in a third world country. The reason its so slow is because it wireless. It costs about $20 a month. The irony is I'm an American and the rural place I moved from in Ky. only had dial up.
  19. Hughes.net charges us thousands of dollars a year they they are the ONLY provider available to us in New York. We upload at 0.08mb/sec and download at 0.30mb/sec....hardly dial up speed, in fact often we abandon our "broadband" and use dial up for faster speeds. Hughes.net has a monopoly in our area and NO OTHER PROVIDER is allow to service us - no competition means hughes.net robs us. The government can't help us in New York fast enough, especially since we travel to 3rd world countries and get better service than we get in New York.
  20. I live in Alaska and ACS DSL Service offers 3MBps as a maximum for about $100 a month. I miss the days when I was in the Azores where I had a 24MBps for only 50 Euro ($75) a month.
  21. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    I guess verizon DSL isnt' broadband anymore. I have there highest spped avaialble in my area 3MB Down and 756K Up... I think they offer 7MB in very limited areas but still slow upload. Come on Verizon!
  22. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,069   +218

    Good maybe now my internet provider will increase there speeds so they will be considered broadband.
  23. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    Got lots of telecom or cable stock, do you? If not - what's your personal stake in hiking the profits of monopolies or at least huge corporations? Just curious.
  24. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    I hold stock in nothing, and make less than 30k a year. My reasoning is that a corrupt company will eventually sell the info to the highest buyer (which advertisers will always outbid the government, I'd rather they get it), whereas a corrupt government could take and use any information as it sees fit. I simply don't support government control, its called oversight, not overtake.
  25. Ouch, is Europe prices seem to be fair looking at the $-prices mentioned here.
    In Holland I pay 25euro (aprox. $40) for a 1,5mbps/256kbps DSL-line.
    Compared to alot of other people this is too much (but the service is great, so I keep it).

    For about 30euro ($45) I can get 20mbps/1mbps "ADSL-2".
    This is theoretical and will be arounf 8 - 16mbps.

    Last month they put a fiber line to the home (called ftth) in my appartment.
    Now I can get 30mbps "including TV/telephone" (45euro/$65), 50mbps (50euro/$75) or 100mbps (100euro/$150).

    So I'm not gonna complain.

    But still I don't need that extra bandwidth at the moment and stick to the ADSL-1 line which is no longer called Broadband accoring US standards :)

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