Former FCC chairman Ajit Pai left the building, but not without giving a last slap on the back of the telecommunications industry: in his final annual broadband report, he decided that a 3Mbps upload speed and a 25Mbps download speed were still good enough for Americans. (via Ars Technica).
“We find that the current 25/3 Mbps rate remains an appropriate measure to assess whether a fixed service provides advanced telecommunications capabilities,” the report said.
How so? As the FCC considers this to be as required by law: “We conclude that fixed services at 25/3 Mbps continue to meet the legal definition of advanced telecommunications capability; that is, such services̵
I don’t know what you mean by “high quality,” but I know from experience that my 5Mbps upload speed, which I pay $ 100 a month for, doesn’t allow my family to “originate” much from the way they upload big videos or stream games.
These 25Mbps / 3Mbps speeds are not even minimal, by the way, as the annual broadband report is not something that needs to be implemented. This is the benchmark by which the FCC determines whether it is doing its job by helping to bridge the digital divide – where 1 in 3 households in the United States have no broadband. Currently, if a provider claims it can provide an internet connection with 25Mbps down / 3Mbps up anywhere in your entire counting unitEven less your home, the FCC considers its job done. Oh, and the FCC doesn’t even check those numbers! It’s like a “fox guarding the chicken coop.”
Some of the loopholes in the reporting are fine, but the speeds and ridiculous prices that the United States pays are not.
As for Pie, who tops our list of the 84 biggest technological failures of the decade, he is now free to find a lucrative job as a lobbyist for the telecommunications industry. Former President Donald Trump has given explicit permission to his entire administration to do so, killing a five-year ban on officials lobbying their former agencies as they walk out the door.