updated 03:14 pm EDT, Sat May 31, 2014
Change in target speeds will affect federal money allocations for expansions
The US Federal Communications Commission is considering revising what it officially calls "Broadband Access." A proposal floated before the FCC will soon solicit comments on the definition of broadband, and is asking the public of 10Mbps or 25Mbps download and 2.9Mbps upload should be considered broadband.
The current US Government definition of broadband is a 4Mbps download and 1Mbps upload rate. The change in definitions, if adopted, will lower the amount of US citizens who technically have broadband. Using the old definitions, six percent of US citizens lack broadband. Should the 10Mbps standard be adopted, the number of people lacking "Broadband" as defined by the FCC will quadruple.
According to the Washington Post, the notice will be circulated internally at the FCC on Friday in preparation for a public release. Also up for debate is a flexible definition of broadband, to account for congestion and other factors affecting speed at different times of the day.