NATOA Files Comments on Broadband DeploymentOn September 20th, NATOA filed comments with the FCC concerning the deployment of broadband in America. In the comments, NATOA argued, as it did in a similar proceeding last year, that the Commission needs to increase the minimum broadband speed threshold to at least 10 Mbps symmetrical, up from the current standard of 4 Mbps/1 Mbps. A “new minimum broadband speed threshold is needed that more accurately reflects the higher speeds now currently available in the marketplace, and that meets the increasing demands of the consuming public.”
In addition, we reasserted our continuing concerns with the National Broadband Map and its tendency to overstate deployment. And we urged the Commission to look at the role community networks play in increasing broadband deployment and adoption. “Municipal networks often provide faster speeds at lower costs than private operators are able or willing to provide.”
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Reply Comments in this proceeding (GN Docket No. 12-228) are due October 22.