Federal Communications Fee Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel on Friday proposed elevating broadband pace requirements in a discover to the remainder of the fee.
Rosenworcel mentioned the present customary, set in 2015, isn’t “simply behind the occasions” it’s additionally “dangerous” by masking the extent to which low-income and rural communities are “left behind and left offline.”
“That’s why we have to increase the usual for minimal broadband speeds now and whereas additionally aiming even greater for the long run, as a result of we have to set massive objectives if we would like everybody in all places to have a good shot at twenty first century success,” she mentioned within the announcement.
Rosenworcel’s discover proposes rising the nationwide broadband customary to 100 megabits per second for downloads and 20 megabits per second for uploads.
The usual, which has not been up to date since 2015, is 25 megabits per second for downloads and three megabits per second for uploads.
As Rosenworcel initiates a push to boost the usual, although, she faces a fee cut up 2-2 by occasion. President Biden’s nominee to the FCC, Gigi Sohn, has been stalled in Congress leaving Democrats unable to achieve a Democratic-majority on the fee.