BroadbandNow Proposes New Definition for Broadband Internet

  • BroadbandNow Research

LOS ANGELES, CA — A new definition for broadband internet – increasing download speeds by fourfold to 100 Mbps and upload speeds by 8X to 25 Mbps – was proposed by BroadbandNow’s  "The State of Broadband in America" study for the second quarter of this year. Currently, the FCC definition of broadband internet is a minimum of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload speeds. The benchmark has not changed since 2015.

“Both policymakers and the public now, more than ever, understand the vast importance of a reliable internet connection,” said Tyler Cooper, editor-in-chief of BroadbandNow. “It is time to raise the bar for broadband internet and boldly take the steps necessary to deliver this critical modern necessity, ensuring our future economic and technological competitiveness in the process.”

COVID-19 Increases Challenges for Closing the Digital Divide 

In addition to the BroadbandNow definition proposal, the quarterly study found internet speeds rebounded significantly in Q2, while the digital divide poses increased challenges due to schools potentially staying closed this fall.

The State of Broadband in America, Q2 2020 can be found at:


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