U.S. officially makes Canada’s broadband targets lame

FCC sets new standard with 25 megabits per second download and 3 Mbps upload.

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Broadband Targets:

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday officially voted to redefine “broadband” internet as a connection with 25 megabits per second download speed and three megabits upload.

That’s up from a previous definition of four down and one up.

The number of Americans who will have true broadband under this definition will decline big time – about 41 million customers will fall below the new threshold, according to ISPs.

Nearly a fifth of the population currently does not have access to speeds meeting the new minimum threshold.

U.S. internet providers are now under pressure to either raise speeds and/or lower prices, or face further regulation.

The redefinition is even more interesting in a Canadian context.

The Canadian government’s broadband targets currently aim at five megabits per second download to 98 per cent of the population by 2017, with no mention of uploads.

To say that definition is absolutely woeful in light of what the FCC is doing would be an understatement. The chart above tells the story.

A spokesman for Industry Canada has not made Industry Minister James Moore available for an interview on the subject despite repeated requests.

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