On January 29, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission voted to adopt a new definition of “broadband” as speeds of at least 25 megabits per second (Mbps) for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads. The following statement may be attributed to Amina Fazlullah, Director of Policy of the Benton Foundation:
The Benton Foundation welcomes the Federal Communications Commission’s updated definition of broadband. In 2010, the FCC’s National Broadband Plan adopted as its first goal that at least 100 million U.S. homes should have affordable access to actual download speeds of at least 100 Mbps and actual upload speeds of at least 50 Mbps by 2020. And the FCC said, as a milestone, by 2015, 100 million U.S. homes should have affordable access to actual download speeds of 50 Mbps and actual upload speeds of 20 Mbps. Today's action keeps our sites on these laudable goals as well as the ultimate aim to become a Gigabit Nation.