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FCC enters another fire storm, this time over broadband definitions

Following the assault on net neutrality by the new-look FCC, under the chairmanship of Ajit Pai, a new controversy is looming in the US (and Pai reportedly had to cancel his visit to the Consumer Electronics Show because of death threats). The latest row is over plans to change the definition of broadband which was established under Pai’s predecessor, Tom Wheeler. While Wheeler’s FCC set that definition at 25Mbps downstream and 4Mbps upstream, Pai wants to reduce the downlink minimum to 10Mbps, and just 1Mbps on the uplink. That would make it more practical for rural and remote areas to be ‘broadband connected’ using cellular networks (and not even, necessarily, the unproven and expensive option of 5G in millimeter wave…

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