New minimum speed for US broadband connections

Mike Hammett nanog at
Fri May 28 13:55:41 UTC 2021

Clearly not a residential mass-market service. 

Mike Hammett 
Intelligent Computing Solutions 


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From: "Lady Benjamin Cannon of Glencoe, ASCE" <lb at> 
To: "Sean Donelan" <sean at> 
Cc: "NANOG Operators' Group" <nanog at> 
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2021 7:30:48 PM 
Subject: Re: New minimum speed for US broadband connections 

At least 100/100. 

We don’t like selling slower than 10g anymore, that’s what I’d start everyone at if I could. 


Ms. Lady Benjamin PD Cannon of Glencoe, ASCE 
6x7 Networks & 6x7 Telecom, LLC 
lb at 
"The only fully end-to-end encrypted global telecommunications company in the world.” 
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On May 27, 2021, at 5:29 PM, Sean Donelan < sean at > 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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