New minimum speed for US broadband connections

Tim Burke tim at
Fri May 28 16:01:53 UTC 2021

Totally agree with this. We should be focusing on those in rural areas that can’t get anything, rather than trying to get blazing fast speeds to everyone in the cities.

There are lots of areas here in Texas that can’t get anything other than low speed fixed wireless if they’re lucky or satellite… one of the major telcos (Frontier) has abandoned their DSLAMs in these areas, and it’s extremely cost prohibitive to build out fiber down rural FM roads just to get a couple of people 1gbps. Most of these people would kill to get a consistent 25/3.


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On May 28, 2021, at 8:36 AM, Josh Luthman <josh at> wrote:

There are millions of people that have 0 mbps (or dialup, satellite, etc) and they can't function day to day like everyone else in town.

Changing the definition of broadband to yet again, to a faster speed will do nothing for these people except slow the pace at which they get connectivity.  Why do people "in town" need to go from 25/3 to 100/10 when we really should be focusing on the people with nothing?

Changing the definition to 100/100 kills every technology except for fiber.  Every single cable internet connection suddenly becomes "not internet".  Do we really want another AT&T that ends up with all of the primary last mile technology to all the major cities again?

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On Fri, May 28, 2021 at 9:07 AM Chris Adams (IT) <Chris.Adams at<mailto:Chris.Adams at>> wrote:
I’d be interested to understand the rationale for not wanting to change the definition. Is it strictly the business/capital outlay expense?


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I second Mike.

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

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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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