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AT&T and Verizon Says 10Mbps Is “Too Fast” For a Broadband Standard

by Stirling Matheson
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Right now, “broadband” is defined as 4Mbps or higher. These days, 4Mbps is also known by such names as “slower than using a pigeon,” “glacial,” and “a great excuse for why you suck at any given FPS.” The FCC is considering changing the broadband standard to 10Mbps, which is only slightly higher than the average American speed of 8.6 Mbps, according to Forbes. 10 Mbps doesn’t even match the average speeds of Switzerland, Japan, and South Korea.

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Of course, there’s nothing ISPs like more than dicking over the very populace that they serve, and that means that AT&T and Verizon are, reportedly, patently against raising the standard. “Given the pace at which the industry is investing in advanced capabilities, there is no present need to redefine ‘advanced’ capabilities. Consumer behavior strongly reinforces the conclusion that a 10Mbps service exceeds what many Americans need today to enable basic, high-quality transmissions.” AT&T made that comment after the deadline for comment submission.

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Currently, 8.4% of Americans have no access to 10Mbps internet, and just over 30% only have one provider to choose from. That’s right, 8.4% of Americans have to deal with that moment when one has that scouts head right in the crosshairs, lag happens, and while the 8.4% are just sitting there, the scout caps. The lag, of course, always stop in time for the 8.4% to see, in real time, the scout being their corpses with a mackerel while screaming racist epithets into voice chat.

[via Ars Technica]

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Comments (3):

  1. Agarthan says:

    90% of Australuans have less than 2Mbos. :((

    • That’s sad. If it helps, over in the States what we’re doing with most of our bandwidth seems to consist of watching videos of cool animals, and you can do that in person much more easily.

  2. Seyo says:

    It’s wierd how it can be so different in different countries, my provider’s lowest available speed is 50Mbps, they had 10Mbps but they stopped providing that just the other month.
    So currently I’m able to choose from 50/10Mbps up to 1000/100Mbps as a private customer.
    I only which the US providers would understand that so that all those US pages that we Europeans use would be quicker.

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