New minimum speed for US broadband connections

Baldur Norddahl baldur.norddahl at
Sat May 29 08:49:01 UTC 2021

I am in Europe / Denmark. The EU has defined broadband to be 100 Mbps
download with nothing specified for upload. The goal is for everyone to
have access to broadband by 2025.

Such definitions do help those in rural areas. In fact this is precisely
useful for those that do not currently have access. It helps to make goals
and to measure how we are progressing.

All current technologies can deliver broadband, including DSL, coax, 5G and
fixed wireless. But maybe not without investment. That DSL plant might need
upgrading to the latest VDSL and cabinets closer to the customer. The coax
might need upgrades etc. But that is the point. Providers will need to
invest to be able to claim broadband.

On the other hand a soft easy broadband definition is useless in my
opinion. Then everyone has broadband, hurray, but many have slow internet
and nothing is going to be done because it is broadband!


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