Speedier broadband standards? Pai’s FCC says 25Mbps is fast enough

FCC kicks off annual analysis of nationwide broadband deployment.

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The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to maintain the US broadband standard at the current level of 25Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream.

That's the speed standard the FCC uses each year to determine whether advanced telecommunications capabilities are "being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion."

The FCC raised the standard from 4Mbps/1Mbps to 25Mbps/3Mbps in January 2015 under then-Chairman Tom Wheeler. Ajit Pai, who was then a commissioner in the FCC's Republican minority, voted against raising the speed standard.

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Ajit Pai admits FCC lied about “DDoS,” blames it on Obama administration

Former CIO “provided inaccurate information” about comment outage, Pai says.

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai at Fox Studios on November 10, 2017 in New York City. (credit: Getty Images | John Lamparski )

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai yesterday acknowledged that the FCC lied about its public comment system being taken down by a DDoS attack during the net neutrality repeal proceeding.

Pai blamed the spreading of false information on employees hired by the Obama administration, and said that he isn't to blame because he "inherited... a culture" from "the prior Administration" that led to the spreading of false information. Pai wrote:

I am deeply disappointed that the FCC's former Chief Information Officer [David Bray], who was hired by the prior Administration and is no longer with the Commission, provided inaccurate information about this incident to me, my office, Congress, and the American people. This is completely unacceptable. I'm also disappointed that some working under the former CIO apparently either disagreed with the information that he was presenting or had questions about it, yet didn't feel comfortable communicating their concerns to me or my office."

Pai's admission came in a statement yesterday. "It has become clear that in addition to a flawed comment system, we inherited from the prior Administration a culture in which many members of the Commission's career IT staff were hesitant to express disagreement with the Commission's former CIO in front of FCC management," he also said.

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Ajit Pai gets message from his hometown ISP: Don’t hurt us small ISPs

Pai’s spectrum auction plan could make it hard for small ISPs to buy licenses.

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaks about improving rural connectivity during an Agriculture Department forum on April 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Alex Wong )

A broadband provider from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's hometown says one of his latest plans could prevent it from purchasing spectrum needed to bolster its network.

Wave Wireless is a locally owned and operated home Internet provider in Parsons, Kansas, where Pai grew up. Last year, Pai met with Wave's owner and wrote in a tweet that Wave is "connecting Parsons (including my parents) & smaller towns nearby."

Pai heard from his hometown ISP again yesterday when Wave and 181 other fixed wireless broadband providers wrote a letter opposing an FCC plan that could limit the small ISPs' access to wireless spectrum.

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