Monday, November 26, 2018

FCC proposes doubling minimum speed of rural broadband in future subsidized buildouts

The Federal Communications Commission may increase the minimum broadband speed standard to 25 megabytes per second in rural areas. That's on the lower end of what urban residents can generally access, but it's more than double the current rate for rural broadband, Makena Kelly reports for The Verge, a tech publication of Vox.

Telecommunications companies that take government subsidies to build out rural broadband would be required to meet the new standard, but the FCC would have to use different incentives to get companies to improve existing networks, Kelly reports.

FCC Chair Ajit Pai announced the proposal in a blog post last week, saying the commission hoped to begin the switch in December.

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