posted at 15:50
Author: Jason Abbruzzese
FCC Might Force Broadband Providers to Up Their Game
The argument over fast lanes, slow lanes, net neutrality and peering has caused concern that the future of the Internet could be in danger. The move comes as streaming media has caused dramatic changes in the data consumption habits of even casual Internet users. Netflix accounts for almost one-third of data traffic in North America in the evenings, followed by YouTube with 17%. Internet service providers are required to provide at least 4 megabits per second on downloads and 1 Mbps on uploads to be considered broadband. The FCC is tasked with monitoring U.S. consumer access to broadband Internet. Raising minimum speeds could provide the commission with more leverage to push ISPs to increase investment on Internet infrastructure. Net neutrality advocates have warned that the new regulation would open the door for companies to be able to solicit payments from content providers for greater speeds. A new minimum speed for broadband would conceivably have more impact on consumers than content providers, as consumers would be guaranteed the speed at their connection. A study by Internet content delivery firm Akamai found that average download speed in the U.S. at the end of 2013 was already around 10 Mbps. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

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