FCC Plan To Lower Broadband Standards Is Met With 'Mobile Only Challenge'
Wednesday January 10, 2018. 10:25 PM , from Slashdot
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Broadband consumer advocates have launched a 'Mobile Only Challenge' to show U.S. regulators that cellular data should not be considered an adequate replacement for home Internet service. The awareness campaign comes as the Federal Communications Commission is considering a change to the standard it uses to judge whether broadband is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion. While FCC Chairman Ajit Pai hasn't released his final plan yet, the FCC may soon declare that America's broadband deployment problem is solved as long as everyone has access to either fast home Internet or cellular Internet service with download speeds of at least 10Mbps. That would be a change from current FCC policy, which says that everyone should have access to both mobile data and fast home Internet services such as fiber or cable.
'The FCC wants to lower broadband standards,' organizers of the Mobile Only Challenge say on the campaign's website. 'Pledge to spend one day in January 2018 accessing the Internet only on your mobile device to tell them that's not OK.' The Mobile Only Challenge was organized by Public Knowledge, Next Century Cities, New America's Open Technology Institute, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), and other groups. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences using the #MobileOnly hashtag.
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