FCC raises rural broadband downlink threshold to 10Mbps

15 Dec 2014

Connect America Fund-supported rural broadband rollouts must deliver the same speeds that 99% of urban Americans enjoy, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has declared in an order adopted late last week. As such, the FCC has adjusted its 2011-imposed requirement of down/uplink speeds of 4Mbps/1Mbps, raising the download threshold to 10Mbps. With the adoption of this new order, the FCC notes that it is prepared to make offers of support totalling nearly USD1.8 billion annually to a class of larger carriers known as ‘price cap carriers’ in early 2015, which will potentially help to expand services to more than five million rural Americans. The order also makes changes that will distribute traditional universal service support for small carriers more equitably and curb waste.

United States, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)