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FCC redefines broadband

The American Federal Communications Commission is in the process of redefining what it considers to be ‘broadband’ speeds, to aid tracking the availability of internet access across the USA. Data rates are to be divide into five categories:

  1. 200Kbps to 768Kbps – first generation data
  2. 768Kbps to 1.5Mbps – basic broadband
  3. 1.5Mbps to 3Mbps
  4. 3Mbps to 6Mbps
  5. 6Mbps and above

The first of these categories is the interesting one, as anything under 768Kbps will no longer be classed as broadband. Would this mean someone paying for a 2Mbit ADSL connection but getting less than 768Kbit would not be getting what they paid for? I can only hope we get some similar classification in the UK, even if current 50Mbit trials would make the categories already redundant.

Read the full story at Cnet news.com 

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  1. March 22, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Most broadband connections will work great, as long as you have a minimum of 31k upstream bandwidth (per call) and fairly low response times. Adsl Broadband Internet

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