200 kbps is not broadband

Which ever way you look at it, 200 kbps is not broadband. And FCC Commissioner Michael Copps said something we have known all along…

….For too long, we have defined broadband as 200 kbps in one direction—a measure that was outdated even when it was introduced years ago and that has become increasingly untenable today, especially when one considers what consumers in other countries routinely expect and receive…

Copps statement came along with FCC’s notice of inquiry into broadband deployment in the United States. He said that the biggest issue in formulating a coherent broadband strategy is the “lack of reliable government data. Until we know where we stand today, how can we possibly build the broadband future that our nation deserves?”

The FCC also issued “a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on methods of collecting information needed to set broadband policy in the future,” reports eWeek