New minimum speed for US broadband connections
edugas at unknowndevice.ca
Fri May 28 00:39:27 UTC 2021
I'm not in the US but in Canada it's been 50/10 since 2016 and we're just
"almost" there yet. IMO the target should have been more like 100/30 or
even 50 of upload.
100/100 might be a bit short sighted considering it'll take years to
accomplish the necessary last-mile/distribution upgrades in rural areas.
On Thu, May 27, 2021 at 8:31 PM Sean Donelan <sean at donelan.com> wrote:
> What should be the new minimum speed for "broadband" in the U.S.?
> This is the list of past minimum broadband speed definitions by year
> year speed
> 1999 200 kbps in both directions (this was chosen as faster than
> dialup/ISDN speeds)
> 2000 200 kbps in at least one direction (changed because too many service
> providers had 128 kbps upload)
> 2010 4 mbps down / 1 mbps up
> 2015 25 Mbps down / 3 Mbps up (wired)
> 5 Mbps down / 1 Mbps up (wireless)
> 2021 ??? / ??? (some Senators propose 100/100 mbps)
> Not only in major cities, but also rural areas
> Note, the official broadband definition only means service providers can't
> advertise it as "broadband" or qualify for subsidies; not that they must
> deliver better service.
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