Congress thinks “broadband” is a new style of cummerbund

The Federal Communications Commission broadband standard that was implemented under then-Chairman Tom Wheeler in 2015 and never updated by Ajit Pai is now “likely too slow,” according to a government report issued last week.

The Wheeler-led FCC in January 2015 updated the agency’s broadband standard from 4Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream to 25Mbps downloads/3Mbps uploads. The increase was opposed by broadband-industry lobbyists and Republicans, including Ajit Pai, who was then a commissioner and later served as FCC chairman throughout the Trump administration…

Consumer advocates have frequently called the 25Mbps/3Mbps outdated, and the nonpartisan US Government Accountability Office (GAO) agreed in a report based on a review of research and interviews with small businesses.

So much of this political incompetence and malingering is old hat. I’ve been online since 1983…simply because I took on a sales position that required uploading orders and info from my day’s travel and sales-work – direct to the computer system in the company’s main sales office. This so-called broadband standard was next to useless, then. It’s even worse, now.

Add together all the work and private needs in the article and, then – include what’s happening minute by minute throughout North America with the conversion of domestic television to include many more sources and channels. All being streamed over systems regulated by your hot dog Republican or Democrat in Congress.

6 thoughts on “Congress thinks “broadband” is a new style of cummerbund

  1. Ok then... says:

    Note: “Four US senators—including one Republican—recently called on the FCC and other Biden administration agencies to use a standard of 100Mbps both upstream and downstream for new deployments.” (3/4/21): “100Mbps uploads and downloads should be US broadband standard, senators say”
    (3/4/21) “Today, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Angus King (I-Maine), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) wrote to the Biden Administration urging it to update federal standards for high-speed broadband to reflect modern uses and align those standards across the government.”
    FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel already supports a standard above the FCC’s current one – see her scathing response to the FCC’s annual Broadband Progress Report
    “Ajit Pai uses bad data to claim ISPs are deploying broadband to everyone : Pai’s “baffling” report ignores broadband gaps and high prices, Democrats say.” (4/27/2020)
    (7/11/21): “On Friday, President Biden urged the Federal Communications Commission to restore net neutrality rules and take steps to boost price transparency and competition in broadband—but the FCC can’t do most or all of that yet, because Biden hasn’t nominated a fifth commissioner to break the 2-2 deadlock between Democrats and Republicans.”
    Commissioners are appointed by the president of the United States but have to be confirmed by the United States Senate
    “Senate’s ‘nothing but no’ McConnell stands as roadblock to Biden agenda”

  2. Update says:

    The FCC Says It’s Finally Fixing Its Crappy Broadband Maps : For decades the U.S. has failed to accurately track where broadband is or isn’t available. After constant criticism, it’s only just starting to fix the problem.
    After creating a new broadband mapping task force last February, the FCC has released the first fruit of its labor: a new wireless coverage map it says is the most accurate assessment yet of wireless service availability, giving consumers a new way to verify often fanciful coverage claims by wireless marketing departments.
    For now the map only tracks LTE (4G) wireless broadband coverage. As Motherboard has previously reported, telecom lobbyists had been pressuring the agency to exclude 5G coverage from any mapping improvements, clearly aware that accurate maps might clash with the industry’s 5G availability marketing.

  3. Update says:

    Senate Republicans are planning a strong fight against President Biden’s nomination of consumer advocate Gigi Sohn to the Federal Communications Commission. “I will do everything in my power to convince colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reject this extreme nominee,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wrote in a Twitter thread yesterday.
    Sohn has a longtime career in government policy, having co-founded consumer-advocacy group Public Knowledge in 2001. In 2013, then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler chose Sohn to serve as a counselor, and the FCC proceeded to adopt Title II common-carrier and net neutrality regulations for Internet service providers—rules that were later overturned during the Trump administration. Since leaving the FCC, Sohn has continued to push for strict regulations to protect telecom consumers.

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