Internet: USA wants 100 Mbit/s download and 20 Mbit/s upload as minimum supply

Internet: USA wants 100 Mbit/s download and 20 Mbit/s upload as minimum supply


from Claus Ludewig
In the USA, every household should soon be able to surf the Internet with at least 100 Mbit/s. The chairman of the FCC is campaigning for this, since the previous standard of 25 Mbit/s is no longer sufficient.

The new Telecommunications Act has been in force in Germany since December 2021, which includes a right to fast internet. According to the law, this means 10 Mbit/s in download and 1.3 Mbit/s in upload. In the USA there is also a right to fast internet. Since 2015, this minimum requirement has been 25 Mbit/s download and 3 Mbit/s upload. Jessica Rosenworcel, Chair of the Feder Communications Commission, wants to increase these values. In the future he should national broadband standard at 100 megabits per second download and 20 Mbit/s upload lie, Rosenworcel said in an announcement.

New broadband standard coming in the USA?

It is still unclear whether the new minimum requirements will actually become the standard in the states. Rosenworcel has since circulated her proposal to the other commissioners. After all, it still has to be voted on. Under US law, the FCC is required to determine annually whether advanced telecommunications capabilities are available to all Americans in a reasonable and timely manner and to take immediate action to expedite delivery when current standards are not sufficient. The current minimum requirements had been extended by Rosenworcel’s predecessor, Aijt Pai, in January 2021. According to the new chairmen 25 Mbit/s is no longer sufficient.

For the future, Rosenworcel proposes 1 gigabit/s download and 500 Mbit/s upload as a goal, but without naming when this should become the standard in the USA. In order to make the 100 Mbit/s download and 20 Mbit/s upload as the new minimum supply for stationary Internet connections, Rosenworcel needs a democratic majority of 3:2.

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Collection on the right to fast internet:

  • Since 2015, there has been a minimum requirement for stationary Internet connections in the USA of 25 Mbit/s for download and 3 Mbit/s for upload.
  • The new FCC chairman Jessica Rosenworcel wants to adjust the right to fast internet and has put the following proposal to the vote. In the future, the national broadband standard should be 100 megabits per second for downloads and 20 Mbit/s for uploads.
  • It is still unclear whether the new minimum requirements will actually become the standard in the states, after all it still has to be voted on and Rosenworcel needs a democratic majority of 3:2.

Sources: FCC, Arstechnica

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