Government says Access to Hi-Speed Internet Should be Expanding Faster

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (Jose Luis Magana/AP)
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

Think that access to broadband should be growing faster? The government agrees with you.

A new report from the Federal Communications Commission finds that while providers have done a decent job building out high-speed Internet, as many as 10 percent of Americans — roughly 34 million people — lack access to what the government considers broadband.

As a result, the FCC has concluded that the expansion of broadband isn’t happening in a “reasonable and timely” fashion, and the agency says the law calls on the FCC to “take immediate action” to speed things up.

“Broadband,” by the agency’s definition, is Internet service that enables download speeds of 25 Mbps and upload speeds of 3 Mbps.

“Advanced telecommunications capability is not being deployed in a reasonable and timely fashion to all Americans,” according to an FCC factsheet.

From all this, you can expect the FCC to put more pressure on Internet providers to step up their efforts. You can also expect the industry to push back.

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SOURCE: Brian Fung  
The Washington Post

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