Minimum broadband speeds are likely too low, government watchdog says

Minimum broadband speeds are likely too low, government watchdog says


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Since 2015, the Federal Communications Commission has maintained that minimum broadband speed should stay the same: 25 megabits per second for downloading files, and 3 megabits per second for uploading.

Now, a government watchdog is telling the FCC to re-evaluate these rules in a new report, saying small businesses in 2021 require more bandwidth to effectively run their operations. The report, produced by the Government Accountability Office, also shows examples of small businesses around the country which aren’t even getting the minimum speed required by the FCC.

This isn’t the first time the FCC has faced heat over its broadband minimums. Earlier this year a group of senators called…

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