Defining Broadband: Minimum Threshold Speeds and Broadband Policy [December 4, 2017] [open pdf - 684KB]
"Broadband--whether delivered via fiber, cable modem, copper wire, satellite, or mobile wireless--is increasingly the technology underlying telecommunications services such as voice, video, and data. Since the initial deployment of high-speed internet in the late 1990s, broadband technologies have been deployed throughout the United States primarily by the private sector. These providers include telephone, cable, wireless, and satellite companies as well as other entities that provide commercial telecommunications services to residential, business, and institutional customers. [...] Three issues for Congress are how broadband benchmarks should be set, whether the FCC [Federal Communications Commission] will determine that broadband is being deployed in a reasonable and timely fashion, and how that determination and those benchmarks will impact current and future broadband policies and programs intended to improve broadband availability and adoption throughout the nation. As broadband technology advances, commercially available download and upload speeds will likely increase, and the level at which broadband benchmark threshold speeds should be set is likely to remain controversial."
CRS Report for Congress, R45039
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