CWA urges FCC to raise broadband speed definition
The FCC is now in the process of compiling its Tenth Broadband Progress Notice Of Inquiry. Each year, the FCC must, as mandated by Congress, conduct an inquiry to determine whether broadband is being deployed in a “reasonable and timely” fashion. The Communications Workers of America filed comments on the report.
In particular, CWA voiced support for the FCC’s proposal to raise the current broadband definition from 4 Mbps down/1 Mbps up to 10 Mbps down/1.5 Mbps up
That's the speed needed by a “Moderate Use Household” with multiple users – simultaneously streaming HD video, taking an online education course, browsing the web, and syncing e-mails. According to FCC calculations, a "Moderate Use Household" requires 7.9 Mbps down/1.05 Mbps up. And, a “High Use Household” with multiple users – simultaneously streaming HD video, making an HD video call, saving files to the cloud, and syncing e-mails – would require 10 Mbps down/2.9 Mbps up.
In its comments, CWA noted that raising the broadband speed requirement to 10/1 Mbps for rural telecoms receiving subsidies from the Connect America Fund – formerly Universal Service Funds would entail additional costs. While CWA wants to see high speeds brought to everyone, it will be necessary for the FCC to modify some Connect America Fund requirements for rural carriers to achieve that goal.
Civil rights, labor, and public interest organizations urge the FCC to publish equal employment opportunity data by broadcasters and cable operators
Labor, civil rights, privacy, and consumer organizations urge Speaker Pelosi to schedule a vote on the American Data Privacy and Protection Act