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

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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