FCC looking at adding new speed tier – rural providers not thrilled

Telecompetitor reports…

At least two rural service provider groups have voiced opposition to the FCC’s decision to add a new 50/5 Mbps speed tier to the bidding categories for the proposed Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF). Both NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) argue that adding the new speed tier creates two speed tiers that are below the average broadband speed already experienced in urban areas.

The FCC is scheduled to vote next week on whether to adopt the RDOF order.

Here’s the original proposed speeds:

And the new speeds:

Looking at it, I am dismayed by the upload speeds. In my experience, download speeds support consumers and upload speeds support production.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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