That’s what the chairman of the FCC said Jessica Rocenworcel, the current standard of 25 Mbps download speed and 3 Mbps upload speed set in 2015 was no longer sufficient to support the applications Americans need for work, entertainment and everyday life. As a result, the latter has issued an “investigative notice” to initiate the FCC’s annual assessment of broadband health. The announcement proposes to increase the minimum standard to 100 Mbps upload speed and 20 Mbps download speedwith the intention of reaching 1 Gbps and 500 Mbps in the future.

These are Rosenworcel’s words:

The needs of internet users have long surpassed the FCC’s 25/3 speed measurement, especially during a global health pandemic that has brought so many lives online. The 25/3 measure has not only moved with the times, it is harmful because it masks the extent to which low-income neighborhoods and rural communities are lagging and offline. That’s why we need to raise the standard for minimum broadband speeds now while aiming even higher for the future, why we need to set big goals if we want everyone, everywhere, to have a fair chance of success in the 21st century.

In the UK, every home and business has the legal right to require a “decent” connection of at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload speed as part of the Universal Service Obligation (USO). Many people are getting speeds that are much faster, while the government plans to revise the minimum standard over time. We will see if the United States will be able to guarantee a higher connection standard for its citizens, and what the evolutions will be for our country as well.

Source: Lega Nerd

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