Telcos Push for Lower Broadband Standards

Kara Reeder

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.

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Sep 4, 2009 12:55 PM AverageJoe AverageJoe  says:

AT&T doesn't think that people want streaming video? That is strange, when they want people to buy the Iphone so that they can stream video. Hypocrates. They just want to lower the Broadband speed, so that they can make more money. I will never buy an Apple product or any of AT&T's services. All of the Deregulation has taken away all of the competition. I am for the little guy, and if it means getting a lower service just to avoid the big companies, then that is what I will do. Just because a company is big, doesn't make it good. Look at what happened when AT&T bought the rights for the Iphone. All of the service that they provided got bottlenecked when everyone was activating their Iphone.


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