What It Says and What It Does

Ars Tech­ni­ca reports that the FCC asked the pub­lic how and if the term “broad­band” (as in inter­net con­nec­tion) should be defined, after it had pro­posed that “basic broad­band” as sim­ply 768kbps to 1.5Mbps (as in con­nec­tion speed). They also seemed to think that this should be based on the actu­al speed that providers have, as opposed to what they claim in adver­tise­ments.

Sad­ly, the providers had a few issues with this. Main­ly, they’d like to define what is broad­band based on nom­i­nal speeds, not the actu­al speeds they pro­vide. They argue that it is com­pli­cat­ed to deter­mine actu­al speed (nev­er mind that there are count­less sites to assess your cur­rent con­nec­tions speed when a pro­vid­ed wants to sell you a dif­fer­ent ser­vice). Even worse, they don’t want to have the def­i­n­i­tion tied to any appli­ca­tions (that is; video, tor­rents, gam­ing, VOIP, etc.). That way, if they decide to con­ve­nient­ly turn off a ser­vice on their pipeline, they can still call it broad­band.

So what if you can’t actu­al­ly do any­thing with it? It’s still fast! Well, in the­o­ry, any­way.