National Broadband Plan: Why Consumers May Be Let Down

The Federal Communication Commission last week released a notice of its open meeting to be held on Thurs., Aug. 27. The two most significant items planned for the meeting are an attempt to gather more information on competition in the wireless industry and a request for help in defining broadband for the national broadband plan. The latter item is explained in detail in the FCC blog post: "The Definition of Broadband." As the blog points out, "much of the recent debate tends to center on throughput speeds. Engineers know that these numbers by themselves are most often misleading. For example, in most cases the 'advertised' throughput speed has a tenuous relation with the actually delivered speed, which will actually vary over time, depending on the application, the server, and many other factors."

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