FCC Ups Sec. 706 Broadband Speed to 25 Mbps
As expected, the FCC majority has voted to up the definition of high-speed broadband in its annual Sec. 706 report from 4 Mbps downstream/1 up, to 25 Mbps down/3 up.
That is in the annual report to Congress on the deployment of advanced telecommunications.
The benchmark is not a mandate for the industry to deliver that speed, but it does signal that the FCC considers that to be the definition of advanced telecommunications—or at least that the FCC Democrats do.
The vote was a party line 3-2, with Republicans strongly dissenting.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.