America's internet is sucks and the law obliges the FCC to "take immediate action to accelerate deployment of such capability by removing barriers to infrastructure investment and by promoting competition in the telecommunications market," but dingo-babysitter Ajit Pai (a former telcoms lobbyist that Donald Trump put in charge of the FCC) has a counterproposal: just declare fast internet unimportant to Americans, and hope that they'll put up with slow mobile broadband instead of blazing-fast wired connections.
The move would change the FCC's definition of fast broadband from the current world-lagging 25Mbps/3Mbps to a pitiable 10Mbps/1Mbps.
The changes were signaled yesterday in a Notice of Inquiry, the FCC's first step toward completing a new analysis of broadband deployment. The document asks the public for comments on a variety of questions, including whether mobile broadband can substitute for fixed Internet connections. You can file comments at this link; initial comments are due September 7, and reply comments are due September 22.
Maybe Americans don’t need fast home Internet service, FCC suggests
[Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica]
(Image: Jürgen Schoner
Josh writes, “This morning Fight for the Future launched crowdfunded billboards targeting members of Congress who have publicly supported FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to gut net neutrality.”
Only two people on the 30-seat FCC advisory panel come from city governments and have experience overseeing telcoms regulation; the other 28 members are executives, consultants, lobbyists and think-tankies from the telcoms sectors.
Russ writes, “Via a FOIA request I made, this is Ajit Pai’s detailed schedule from January 20 to the end of June. Shows who he met with, where he traveled, etc.”
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