They have asked the Federal Communications Commission not to change its definition of broadband from 4Mbps to 10Mbps. We guess anything faster than 4Mbps requires a man on a horse with a red flag ridding in front of it.
According to AT&T, internet users get by just fine at the lower speeds and have no need for broadband that fast.
“Consumer behaviour strongly reinforces the conclusion that a 10Mbps service exceeds what many Americans need today to enable basic, high-quality transmissions,” AT&T wrote.
Verizon and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), agreed.
“The Commission should not change the baseline broadband speed threshold from 4Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream because a 4/1 Mbps connection is still sufficient to perform the primary functions identified in section 706 [of the Telecommunications Act]—high-quality voice, video, and data,” the NCTA wrote.
More than 47 percent of Comcast subscribers get at least 50Mbps, the company says.
The FCC has periodically raised the minimum standard for Internet service to be considered “broadband.” This affects how the commission measures industry progress in deploying sufficient Internet service to Americans, particularly in rural areas.
There are signs that the Telcos might have a job convincing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler who thinks that 10Mbps is too low and that a 25Mbps connection is fast becoming ‘table stakes’ in 21st century communications,” he said.
If the definition is kept at 4Mbps, statistics on broadband deployment and competition make the telcos look brilliant and they don’t actually have to upgrade their aging infrastructure.