BroadbandNow proposes 100/25 Mbps broadband definition

BroadbandNow’s Q2 2020 state of broadband report proposes updating the FCC’s definition of broadband Internet from 25 Mbps download speed and 3 Mbps upload speed to 100 Mbps download speed and 25 Mbps upload speed. BroadbandNow is a website that helps consumers find and compare Internet service providers in their area.

The current broadband benchmark was established in 2015 and has fallen behind recent technological advancements such as ultra HD streaming and robust online learning environments that require higher speeds. About a quarter of Americans will not be able to get access to the updated benchmarks if they were revised today. 

“COVID-19 continues to reveal to the public and policymakers alike that a reliable internet connection is an absolute necessity in the modern world,” concludes the BroadbandNow report. “[T]hose without access are being left behind in ways that could profoundly impact our nation’s future economic prosperity.”

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The State of Broadband in America, Q2 2020 (BroadbandNow, July 28, 2020)