New minimum speed for US broadband connections

Mike Hammett nanog at
Fri May 28 12:37:45 UTC 2021

I don't think it needs to change. 

Mike Hammett 
Intelligent Computing Solutions 


----- Original Message -----

From: "Sean Donelan" <sean at> 
To: nanog at 
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2021 7:29:08 PM 
Subject: New minimum speed for US broadband connections 

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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