FCC asked people for their opinion on whether mobile data can be a substitute for fixed Internet, back in August. It was also suggested in the same notice that a mobile broadband speed standard must be set for the first time, 10Mbps download speed and 1Mbps upload speed.
With effect on this notice, FCC declared that Americans only need either a 10Mbps mobile service or 25Mbps home Internet service, but not both. This in effect would have reduced the speed standard and the requirement that everyone should have both home and mobile Internet.
A major backslash forced FCC to reconsider the decision and it admitted that mobile data can’t replace home Internet service.
Fixed Internet services and mobile internet are not substitute to each other wholly. Thus, it is of utmost importance to evaluate progress in deploying fixed broadband service as well as progress in deploying mobile broadband service. If any analysis looked at only one of either then that would be incomplete. Therefore, the draft report takes a holistic view of the market and examines whether both services are making progress.
The new report shows that there won’t be any changes in reporting mobile internet. The same 25Mbps/3Mbps standard will apply only to home Internet.
Both, mobile Internet and fixed Internet service enables the users to access information, entertainment, and employment options but both have their differences. The most prominent difference is that mobile services provide mobility to the user.
Is the pace of broadband deployment fast enough?
The fact sheet gives a vague image of pace of broadband deployment.
The draft report says that FCC is meeting its statutory mandate to make the deployment of broadband on a reasonable and timely manner.
But as per the Section 706, FCC has to determine whether advanced telecom capabilities are deployed or not, rather than whether FCC is encouraging it or not. They are two different questions.
The fact sheet has to offer limited data about the deployment speed and its time.
FCC has limited its duties just to promote broadband access by concluding that deployment of broadband services is already happening quickly enough. FCC lacks special authority from Section 706.
This seems like a Shell Game
Experts are not much impressed by FCC’s fact sheet.
Experts think that the new fact sheet is some sort of a shell game. A shell game that is designed to boost the claim that Title II classification has hurt the deployment process. The fact sheet indicates the commission that the Title II was terrible by altering the presentation of measuring ‘progresses’ in such a way. Though, things are better now as net neutrality has been repealed.
Yet, it’s good that FCC backed away from declaring that mobile data can fully replace wired broadband. The fact sheet will have some true pieces of raw data amidst all the politically driven narrative, that won’t be some total loss. But it’s disheartening to see a fact-based informative report to be politically maligned.