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FCC’s broadband report details uptick in US Internet speeds

FCC’s broadband report details uptick in US Internet speeds

The FCC’s annual broadband report is in, and as in the past it details the status of broadband Internet access in the United States. The report, officially called the 2015 Measuring Broadband America Fixed Broadband Report, details information on so-called “fixed” ISPs and their network performance. These reports first started in August 2011; with this latest one, the grand total of reports has climbed to five.

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Chattanooga, TN rolls out community wide 10 Gbps internet

Chattanooga, TN rolls out community wide 10 Gbps internet

While most of the country languishes with broadband speeds that hover in the Mbps range, a few Google served cities have gigabit speeds to choose from. A few internet companies other than Google have crossed into gigabit speeds as well. In most of those locations, only certain neighborhoods can access the speedy internet service, that's not the case in Chattanooga, TN.

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White House report says broadband internet is a necessary utility

White House report says broadband internet is a necessary utility

Those of us with easy, everyday access to broadband internet might take it for granted, but its importance in today's world can be no more apparent than to the millions of Americans who don't have a connection. That's the sentiment expressed in a new report from the White House and the Broadband Opportunity Council, which write that broadband internet has become an "essential infrastructure for communities" and is no longer just a convenience, but a "core utility" in the same way as electricity and water.

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Federal broadband subsidies for the poor approved by the FCC

Federal broadband subsidies for the poor approved by the FCC

This week was an important week in rule making for the FCC, not only did the FCC clarify an 1991 ruling that makes it easier for carriers to block spam texts and robocalls, it has also voted to allow the federal government to give a broadband subsidy to the poor. Under the plan proposed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the Lifeline program currently used to provide phone service to the poor could be used to pay for internet service as well.

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AT&T U-Verse with Gigapower launches in Cupertino

AT&T U-Verse with Gigapower launches in Cupertino

AT&T has announced that it has launched a new internet service speed in Cupertino, California. The new service is called U-verse with AT&T Gigapower and it brings internet download speeds of up to 1Gbps to some of the residents and businesses in the area. The new service speed is the fastest internet connectivity in the area according to AT&T.

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FCC’s 3-2 vote brings widespread municipal broadband

FCC’s 3-2 vote brings widespread municipal broadband

Municipal broadband is now available. The FCC today ruled — via a 3-2 vote — that municipalities across the country can build their own broadband Internet service. Keep in mind, broadband was recently reclassified to reflect a 25Mbps download and 10Mbps upload speed. The decision was prompted by the petition of two communities with gigabit Internet service who were prevented from expanding into neighboring areas due to state laws. This is a big step toward better Internet service, but it’s not the grand prize.

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Internet to be classified as a public utility if UK Parliament has its way

Internet to be classified as a public utility if UK Parliament has its way

Many people around the world feel like internet is as important as water or electricity making it feel like a utility to many. Lawmakers in the US want to classify internet as a utility with backlash from many groups who fear that putting the government in more control of internet access would ruin net neutrality. In the UK, the upper house of parliament known as the House of Lords is also clamoring for internet access to be reclassified as a public utility.

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FCC rules broadband Internet must be 25 Mbps down/3 Mbps up

FCC rules broadband Internet must be 25 Mbps down/3 Mbps up

The FCC just took a bold step in the right direction. We’d previously reported the agency was discussing a reclassification on what broadband Internet actually is, with a proposal to raise the threshold to 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload speeds for broadband. All the talk actually led somewhere, and the FCC is settled on that redefinition of 25/3Mbps as broadband. The previous definition of broadband was 4Mbps download, and 1Mbps upload. While this doesn’t change what your Internet provider offers, it does change how they present it.

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FCC wants ‘broadband’ to be 25Mbps down/3Mbps up

FCC wants ‘broadband’ to be 25Mbps down/3Mbps up

I think we can all agree that a 4Mbps download is not ‘broadband’ Internet, at least as most would define it. That’s how the FCC currently sees broadband, but FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler agrees with us, and wants to reclassify what broadband actually is. He feels (probably correctly) that ‘broadband’ is more like 25Mbps down. As for upload, he’d like the current definition of 1Mbps to be upped to 3Mbps. In a report, the FCC is also troubled by broadband rollout, especially in rural areas.

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