Saturday August 11, 2018

Speedier Broadband Standards? Pai’s FCC Says 25Mbps Is Fast Enough

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed maintaining the current broadband standard of 25Mbps/3Mbps for another year. While this would indicate the agency believes internet is "being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion," Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel disagrees, having made a call to increase the standard to 100Mbps.

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"It is time to be bold and move the national broadband standard from 25 Megabits to 100 Megabits per second. When you factor in price, at this speed the United States is not even close to leading the world. That is not where we should be and if in the future we want to change this we need both a more powerful goal and a plan to reach it. Our failure to commit to that course here is disappointing. I regretfully dissent."