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FCC says minimum broadband should now be 100 Mbps and 20 Mbps Uploads

Discover the recent changes in broadband standards set by the FCC, now requiring a minimum bandwidth of 100 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload.

So, like me, you may have grown up on dial-up Internet and certainly have seen some drastic changes with the way bandwidth has been upped across the years. However, it is good to see that the FCC requires providers to provide more bandwidth to households.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently increased the minimum broadband standard from 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload to 100 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload. The last benchmarks were set by the FCC back in 2015.

Fcc broadband initiative
Fcc broadband initiative

They are hoping to improve the quality of internet service provided to consumers across the United States. The FCC believes this will help bridge the disparity between Internet connections for Americans to access high-speed internet services.

This decision by the FCC has been welcomed by many internet service providers (ISPs) who are already working to upgrade their networks to meet the new requirements. Some ISPs have expressed concerns about the cost of upgrading their infrastructure to meet the new standards.

Will this lead to increased costs to consumers? It is likely that providers have to revamp their infrastructure accordingly.

If you’re interested in learning more about the FCC’s decision to increase the minimum broadband standard, there are several resources available online. The FCC website contains detailed information about the new standard. Take a look at the article here: FCC Increases Broadband Speed Benchmark | Federal Communications Commission.

They note the following from a report as of December 2022:

  • Fix broadband (physical cabling and infrastructure) has not been deployed to around 24 million Americans, including 28% that live in rural parts of America.
  • Also, more than 23% living on Tribal lands
  • This also affects mobile 5G coverage that has not been deployed at the minimum speeds of 35/3Mbps to around 9% of Americans, almost 36% of Americans in rural areas and 20% of people living in Tribal lands and areas.
  • It looks like from their report around 74% of school districts meet this goal with 1 Gbps for around 1000 students.

In their documentation, they detail the reason behind the decision and what they hope it will have on consumers in terms of impact.

Let me know in the comments what you think about this adjustment in standards.

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Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee is the Senior Writer, Engineer and owner at Virtualizationhowto.com and has over two decades of experience in Information Technology. Having worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as in various industries, Brandon has extensive experience in various IT segments and is a strong advocate for open source technologies. Brandon holds many industry certifications, loves the outdoors and spending time with family.

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