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Consumer advocates have frequently called the 25Mbps/3Mbps outdated, and the nonpartisan US Government Accountability Office (GAO) agreed in a report based on a review of research and interviews with small businesses.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