New minimum speed for US broadband connections

Abhi Devireddy abhi at
Fri May 28 13:07:34 UTC 2021

Don't think it needs to change? From 25/3? Telehealth and WFH would like to talk with you.

There's very few things more draining than a conference call with someone who's got a bad connection.

Abhi Devireddy

From: NANOG < at> on behalf of Jason Canady <jason at>
Sent: Friday, May 28, 2021 7:39:14 AM
To: nanog at <nanog at>
Subject: Re: New minimum speed for US broadband connections

I second Mike.

On 5/28/21 8:37 AM, Mike Hammett wrote:
I don't think it needs to change.

Mike Hammett
Intelligent Computing Solutions


From: "Sean Donelan" <sean at><mailto:sean at>
To: nanog at<mailto: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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