FCC Chairman Ajit Pai recently demonstrated the FCC’s intention to lower the minimum standard for acceptable broadband speeds.
Please join us in signing the below letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai opposing any effort to lower broadband Internet standards for millions of Americans, a move that would immediately result in reduced connection reliability and Internet speeds for rural,
tribal, and low-income communities in every state.
In a recent Notice of Inquiry (NOI), the FCC took steps to reduce advanced broadband standards from 25 Mbps download / 3 Mbps upload to a mere 10 Mbps download / 1 Mbps upload. Moreover, the Commission is contemplating finding that Internet access on a cellphone
at such speeds is sufficient and comparable to fixed broadband at home. Any student seeking to complete a report for school or rural resident hoping to take advantage of advances in telehealth is well aware that mobile broadband, particularly in rural areas,
is not yet a viable replacement to a fixed connection at home.
The policy changes contemplated in this NOI would run counter to the intent of Congress by attempting to fulfill the FCC’s statutory obligation to support high-quality telecommunications access for all Americans through definitional changes, rather than concrete
action to connect more Americans online. Simply moving the goalposts is not a real solution, and weakening the definition of high-speed Internet is a disservice to the communities the FCC has an obligation to serve.
Billions of dollars in annual, Federal investment are allocated as a result of the FCC definitions under review. Congress must act now to maintain the highest connectivity standards and ensure these funds continue to support genuine high-quality telecommunications
capability for all Americans.
To sign onto the letter or for any questions, please contact Scott Rasmussen (Rep. Huffman) at email@example.com.
Jared Huffman Mark Pocan Rick Nolan Keith Ellison
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