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Thursday, December 15, 2011

U.S. Broadband Outlook: Not What Was Expected

Recent FCC statistical reports suggest that U.S. broadband development is headed in some surprising directions. Wireline-based broadband may become an adjunct to subscription TV services while wireless broadband should become the dominant Internet access vehicle but with lower than expected data rates.

The FCC National Broadband Plan provides a benchmark for modern broadband. It observes that legacy web browsing, e-mail, and YouTube quality video streaming require a 1 Mbps download data rate, while these applications plus “near-real-time” media require a 4 Mbps data rate. Near-real-time media generally refers to video embedded in web sites and the current generation of video streaming services. Using these requirements the FCC sets broadband service with at least 3 Mbps download and 768 Kbps upload speeds as a modern U.S. broadband baseline.

Read the entire article at FierceTelecom.

Michael Kennedy

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