AT&T, Comcast, Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless have offered the FCC a clever way to provide universal broadband to every U.S. citizen as mandated by the Obama administration. According to TG Daily, the telcos suggest that the government define broadband as anything over 768 Kbps downstream and 200 Kbps upstream.
The FCC has been seeking comments to help it develop accurate and uniform definitions for broadband in its development of a National Broadband Plan. No doubt, the telcos were the first to weight in. AT&T says,
"The definition must include those services that Americans actually need and want -- and can afford -- to participate in the Internet-driven economy."
AT&T doesn't believe that Americans want or need VoIP or streaming video. Meanwhile, Verizon claims,
"It would be disruptive and introduce confusion if the commission were to now create a new and different definition."
As ZDNet points out, the U.S. currently ranks 19th in broadband speeds behind Japan, Korea and France and a host of others.