New minimum speed for US broadband connections

Brandon Price PriceB at
Fri May 28 23:08:35 UTC 2021

It’s not about being lucky,  it’s that the grant dollars are being siphoned up by folks providing a mediocre product. There are fiber providers that can make a rural build pencil if they were eligible. The point of the definition is to encourage building a better product.

To your previous question about usage,  I took a quick look at one of my smaller GPON shelves and most times the download to upload ratio is roughly 4 to 1 across all the subs on that shelf. That’s a healthy upload by itself, but there was a 5 minute datapoint just now where the upload spiked to about triple the download rate. Someone did a huge upload, and got it over and done with quick. Yes people can live with less bandwidth, but why would you want to?

The feedback I hear from more and more customers with regards to upload is teleconferencing for work/school and IOT type devices uploading to the cloud….


From: Mike Lyon <mike.lyon at>
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Fiber is cool and all, but there is a HUUUUUGE amount of areas that aren't lucky enough to have fiber and wireless is the only way to go.

So, we up the minimum to 100 Mbps just because some areas are lucky enough to have fiber?


On Fri, May 28, 2021 at 3:38 PM Lady Benjamin Cannon of Glencoe, ASCE <lb at<mailto:lb at>> wrote:

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> On May 28, 2021, at 3:29 PM, Mike Lyon <mike.lyon at<mailto:mike.lyon at>> wrote:
> Curious, when you look at the usage on those 100/100 plans. What are they actually using? If they aren't actually using it, then why up the minimum?

Simple, our time isn’t free.  The less time humanity itself spends waiting on downloads, the more we spend loving, celebrating, embracing, playing and exploring.

Really, fiber is fiber, it’s just about optics from there, and those are cheap.

Relatively speaking.

(And ignoring WISPSs and rural economies of scale but I digress.)

8 billion fiber drops for 8 billion people.

That’s what it will take to wire the future.  32k res AR environments; 1TB video games, distance learning via implant, full self driving cars - Qualcomm itself says bandwidth is to grow 1000-fold in the next 9 years alone.

Are you ready?

Ms. Lady Benjamin PD Cannon of Glencoe, ASCE
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Mike Lyon
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