Calling the current standard outdated, the Federal Communications Commission has changed the definition of broadband. PC Magazine reports that the agency on Thursday raised the standard from 4 Mbps downloading to 25 Mbps.
“In 2010, the commission ruled that speeds of 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload constitute broadband. But that benchmark ‘is dated and inadequate for evaluating whether advanced broadband is being deployed to all Americans in a timely way,’ the FCC said [Thursday],” the story reports.
The FCC is also pushing for 3 Mbps as the upload standard. The measures were reflected in the panel’s 2015 Broadband Progress Report, its annual status update on the U.S. broadband market.
“For this year’s report, the FCC used the 25 Mbps standard to examine the U.S. market, and found that 55 million Americans — 17 percent of the population — lack access to advanced broadband,” the report notes, adding that the figure is up about 3 percentage points from a year ago.