Over the years, ISP’s and wireless carriers have fought HARD to stop the FCC from ever raising the definition of broadband. The FCC first defined broadband as over 200 kilobits per second (kbps). In 2008, the FCC pushed the definition of broadband up to 768 kbps-1.5 Mbps. In 2010, the FCC again moved up the definition of broadband to 4 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream.
In 2014, the FCC proposed to change the definition of broadband from 4 Mbps downstream/1 Mbps upstream to between 25 Mbps downstream/4 Mbps upstream. Much like in the past, wireless carriers and Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) were dead-set against such an increase as it would force them to upgrade infrastructure and would cause the number of ‘unserved’ areas in the country to rise significantly.
Eventually, the FCC officially changed the definition of broadband to 25/4. Years later, we continue to have telecommunication providers whining about the new definition of broadband. Because the new definition caused broadband-availability numbers to drastically nose-dive around the country, the telecoms were not and still are not happy.
Enter CenturyLink. CenturyLink is a company that continues to be fined millions of dollars for 9-1-1 outages, continues to piss off entire cities due to terrible service and yet also continues to receive hundreds of millions of dollars from state/federal governments for broadband deployment that rarely ever occurs.
But according to CenturyLink, they are just confused:
“The FCC has so many definitions of broadband that it’s hard for us, and for consumers, to keep track of a moving target,” said John Jones, CenturyLink, in a prepared statement.– FierceTelecom
Except, the definition is clear. 25/4. I am not sure where the confusion is for CenturyLink. Of course, this confusion hasn’t stopped CenturyLink from accepting half a billion from the federal government in 2015 for the Connect America Fund. Those checks were cashed right away.