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68% of US Broadband Connections Aren’t Broadband

December 13th, 2010 12:19 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

An anonymous reader writes “The FCC has published a new 87-page report titled ‘Internet Access Services: Status as of December 31, 2009.’ The report explains that 68 percent of connections in the US advertised as ‘broadband’ can’t really be considered as such because they fall below the agency’s most recent minimum requirement: 4Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream. In other words, more than two-thirds of broadband Internet connections in the US aren’t really broadband; over 90 million people in the US are using a substandard broadband service. To make matters worse, 58 percent of connections don’t even reach downstream speeds above 3Mbps. The definition of broadband is constantly changing, and it’s becoming clear that the US is having a hard time keeping up.”

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