According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), broadband is defined as:
Broadband or high-speed Internet access allows users to access the Internet and Internet-related services at significantly higher speeds than those available through “dial-up” Internet access services. Broadband speeds vary significantly depending on the particular type and level of service ordered and may range from as low as 200 kilobits per second (kbps), or 200,000 bits per second, to 30 megabits per second (Mbps), or 30,000,000 bits per second. Some recent offerings even include 50 to 100 Mbps.
Today, there are many connection types that offer speeds well beyond those listed in the FCC’s definition. In fact, the technology is changing so rapidly that the FCC has to periodically modify the definition.
High speed internet is a necessity for both large and small business operations and economic development. The FCC believes so too. So much so that they developed a National Broadband Plan. The plan sets an ambitious agenda for connecting all corners of the nation while transforming the economy and society with the communications network of the future –robust, affordable Internet.
Economic Benefits of Broadband
- Give small businesses and their employees the broadband training they need to remain competitive in the global economy.
- Build a new online national employment assistance platform to efficiently connect struggling workers with resources.
- Keep American communities competitive and innovative in the 21st century economy by putting broadband at the forefront of regional development.
- Help eliminate tax and regulatory barriers to telework so workers can do their jobs from anywhere.
If you are interested in learning more about the National Broadband Plan, you can watch the brief overview video below, or visit Broadband.gov