The RUS and NTIA have kindly defined broadband for us, what would we ever do without the US government to define a buzzword for us more than a decade later? Anyhow, if you want to apply for stimulus money, the broadband you need to be spreading to the underserved is described as: (drum roll please)
Broadband means providing two-way data transmission with advertised speeds of at least 768 kilobits per second (kbps) downstream and at least 200 kbps upstream to end users, or providing sufficient capacity in a middle mile project to support the provision of broadband service to end users.
I guess they weren't listening to Dave Rusin, eh? Basically if it isn't dial-up, it must be broadband. I'm particularly fond of the phrase 'advertised speeds' in that definition - implying that you don't actually need to ever reach them to be providing broadband, all you have to do is promise to try.
I'm cynical, but not shocked or even mildly surprised - and I'll bet Dave isn't either, he was just getting his outrage warmed up. The whole point of a stimulus is to stimulate. And to stimulate the economy, they want to give out money. Calling it a national broadband plan is just the fancy wrapping paper covering the hogs' new feeding trough.
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