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August 26, 2009 / Raffy Pekson II

FCC Doesn’t Know What Broadband Is – Duh?

In the middle of its massive review of broadband in America, the Federal Communications Commission seeks an answer to a fundamental question: Just what is broadband?

As required by the stimulus package, the FCC has until February 2010 to develop a national broadband plan that will have to be presented to Congress. But for the FCC, first things are first: “We seek tailored comment on a fundamental question—how the [National Broadband] Plan should interpret the term ‘broadband’ as used in the Recovery Act, recognizing that our interpretation of the term as used in that statute may inform our interpretation of the term in other contexts.”

The current FCC definition of broadband service states that it is a static 768 Kbps downstream and 200 Kbps upstream, something that’s way too old for today’s current mega-speed digital world. However, there is a link that the FCC provides for the public to submit their comments on the FCC’s inquiry.

Source: eWeek.com.

Link: FCC inquiry.

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