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FCC Asserts that “Broadband” Definition is Evolving

WASHINGTON July 23, 2010 –The Federal Communications Commission has decided that the definition of broadband should be evolving. The term broadband has no official technical definition and varies by nation. In the past the FCC has used a definition of “excess of 200 Kbps in both directions” (.2Mbps) however in their most recent Broadband Development Report the commission has modified the definition to 4 Mbps down and 1 Mbps.

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WASHINGTON July 23, 2010 –The Federal Communications Commission has decided that the definition of broadband should be evolving. The term broadband has no official technical definition and varies by nation. In the past the FCC has used a definition of “excess of 200 Kbps in both directions” (.2Mbps) however in their most recent Broadband Development Report the commission has modified the definition to 4 Mbps down and 1 Mbps.

In producing previous Broadband Development Reports the FCC measured broadband by seeing what commercial networks were offering, what consumers were demanding and “consumer applications and expectations”. Specifically section 706 requires that broadband enable users to “originate and receive high-quality voice, data, graphics and video telecommunications

Looking at these criteria the previous definition of 200kbps no longer satisfies basic consumer needs.

This updating of the definition is not a new concept; in the First Broadband Development Report from 1999 the FCC said: “We may find in future reports that evolution in technologies, retail offerings, and demand among consumers has raised the minimum speed for broadband from 200 kbps to, for example, a certain number of megabits per second (Mbps).

This new definition reflects the target set by the National Broadband Plan.

The current report also states that as technology evolves the definition should also evolve.

Rahul Gaitonde has been writing for BroadbandBreakfast.com since the fall of 2009, and in May of 2010 he became Deputy Editor. He was a fellow at George Mason University’s Long Term Governance Project, a researcher at the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology and worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University, where his research focused on the economic and social benefits of broadband expansion. He has written extensively about Universal Service Fund reform, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the Broadband Data Improvement Act

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Surveying Broadband Issues Faced by Students Under COVID-19, CoSN Offers Its Recommendations

The speed of the broadband service used was only one component of the issues students faced.

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WASHINGTON July 23, 2010 –The Federal Communications Commission has decided that the definition of broadband should be evolving. The term broadband has no official technical definition and varies by nation. In the past the FCC has used a definition of “excess of 200 Kbps in both directions” (.2Mbps) however in their most recent Broadband Development Report the commission has modified the definition to 4 Mbps down and 1 Mbps.

In producing previous Broadband Development Reports the FCC measured broadband by seeing what commercial networks were offering, what consumers were demanding and “consumer applications and expectations”. Specifically section 706 requires that broadband enable users to “originate and receive high-quality voice, data, graphics and video telecommunications

Looking at these criteria the previous definition of 200kbps no longer satisfies basic consumer needs.

This updating of the definition is not a new concept; in the First Broadband Development Report from 1999 the FCC said: “We may find in future reports that evolution in technologies, retail offerings, and demand among consumers has raised the minimum speed for broadband from 200 kbps to, for example, a certain number of megabits per second (Mbps).

This new definition reflects the target set by the National Broadband Plan.

The current report also states that as technology evolves the definition should also evolve.

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FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel Unveils Proposed Rules for Emergency Connectivity Fund

Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel on Friday released rules for the Emergency Connectivity Fund, answering many questions about the program.

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WASHINGTON July 23, 2010 –The Federal Communications Commission has decided that the definition of broadband should be evolving. The term broadband has no official technical definition and varies by nation. In the past the FCC has used a definition of “excess of 200 Kbps in both directions” (.2Mbps) however in their most recent Broadband Development Report the commission has modified the definition to 4 Mbps down and 1 Mbps.

In producing previous Broadband Development Reports the FCC measured broadband by seeing what commercial networks were offering, what consumers were demanding and “consumer applications and expectations”. Specifically section 706 requires that broadband enable users to “originate and receive high-quality voice, data, graphics and video telecommunications

Looking at these criteria the previous definition of 200kbps no longer satisfies basic consumer needs.

This updating of the definition is not a new concept; in the First Broadband Development Report from 1999 the FCC said: “We may find in future reports that evolution in technologies, retail offerings, and demand among consumers has raised the minimum speed for broadband from 200 kbps to, for example, a certain number of megabits per second (Mbps).

This new definition reflects the target set by the National Broadband Plan.

The current report also states that as technology evolves the definition should also evolve.

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FCC Fines Company $4.1 Million for Slamming and Cramming Consumer Phone Lines

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday fined Tele Circuit Network Corporation for switching consumers’ service providers.

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WASHINGTON July 23, 2010 –The Federal Communications Commission has decided that the definition of broadband should be evolving. The term broadband has no official technical definition and varies by nation. In the past the FCC has used a definition of “excess of 200 Kbps in both directions” (.2Mbps) however in their most recent Broadband Development Report the commission has modified the definition to 4 Mbps down and 1 Mbps.

In producing previous Broadband Development Reports the FCC measured broadband by seeing what commercial networks were offering, what consumers were demanding and “consumer applications and expectations”. Specifically section 706 requires that broadband enable users to “originate and receive high-quality voice, data, graphics and video telecommunications

Looking at these criteria the previous definition of 200kbps no longer satisfies basic consumer needs.

This updating of the definition is not a new concept; in the First Broadband Development Report from 1999 the FCC said: “We may find in future reports that evolution in technologies, retail offerings, and demand among consumers has raised the minimum speed for broadband from 200 kbps to, for example, a certain number of megabits per second (Mbps).

This new definition reflects the target set by the National Broadband Plan.

The current report also states that as technology evolves the definition should also evolve.

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