Windows 10: FCC just tripled the number of US households without broadband

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  1. Posts : 7,882
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       29 Jan 2015 #1

    FCC just tripled the number of US households without broadband


    No, federal regulators didn't spend all night unplugging millions of home routers from the wall, cutting them off from the internet.

    But new rules by the federal agency tasked with overseeing the U.S. internet services market aim to make speeds faster.
    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to reclassify "broadband" as serving households with download speeds of 25 Mbps, and 3 Mbps up.
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  2.    29 Jan 2015 #2

    Not sure internet companies will care... they'll just call it "broaderband" or "XFinity".
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  3. Posts : 7,882
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       29 Jan 2015 #3

    Mystere said: View Post
    Not sure internet companies will care... they'll just call it "broaderband" or "XFinity".
    Some will the ones that get a subsidy and or grants for rural internet.

    This isn't just an issue of semantics either. The change could potentially have quite an impact on Internet service providers (ISPs) in the US, who will no longer be able to market connections slower than 25Mbps as offering 'broadband' speeds.

    ISPs may consequently feel pressured to reduce prices on these slower connections - to ensure that they still remain appealing to consumers - or they may even invest more in their networks to boost connection speeds, in order to be able to promote them with the magic 'broadband' buzzword.
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  4. Posts : 1,511
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       29 Jan 2015 #4

    New regulations = New pricing structure that consumers will be paying even more
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  5. Posts : 680
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       29 Jan 2015 #5

    Dang it! Now I no longer have a broadband connection. Shh! Don't tell my employer. They currently pay $138/month for my 4MB connection so I can work from home.
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       29 Jan 2015 #6

    strollin said: View Post
    Dang it! Now I no longer have a broadband connection. Shh! Don't tell my employer. They currently pay $138/month for my 4MB connection so I can work from home.

    What a scam! I get 170Mb for 75.00 per month!
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  7. Posts : 7,882
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       29 Jan 2015 #7

    Tews said: View Post
    strollin said: View Post
    Dang it! Now I no longer have a broadband connection. Shh! Don't tell my employer. They currently pay $138/month for my 4MB connection so I can work from home.

    What a scam! I get 170Mb for 75.00 per month!
    Yep most internet connections are way over priced. The margins are so high that some company's are buying foreign outfits instead of improving things at home.
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  8. Posts : 680
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       29 Jan 2015 #8

    You guys obviously live in an urban or suburban area. Those of us that live in a rural area don't have much choice. I can't get DSL or cable where I live. Had satellite a few years back but it sucked. I have the choice of satellite, 4G, dialup or the Wireless service that I have. I use 4G as my backup. I can get much faster download speeds with 4G but then the amount of data I use would become an issue.

    It's not a scam so much as the old law of supply and demand.
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  9.    29 Jan 2015 #9

    ThrashZone said: View Post
    New regulations = New pricing structure that consumers will be paying even more
    That's exactly what I'm expecting my ISP provider to do is say they are using the increased prices to bolster the network to provide more "reliability" in delivering High Speed Internet!!!!
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       29 Jan 2015 #10

    strollin said: View Post
    I have the choice of satellite, 4G, dialup or the Wireless service that I have. I use 4G as my backup. I can get much faster download speeds with 4G but then the amount of data I use would become an issue.
    What sort of speeds are you getting on wireless? It is of interest to me as I am on a wireless connection as well.

    Mine varies a bit but currently according to Ookla I am getting 13.08mbps down and 13.63 up
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