Students asked for it, and Comcast stepped up; the company is raising the speed of its low-cost internet essentials plan from 25/3 (that’s 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up) to 50/5. A couple of weeks ago, I came down hard on outgoing FCC chair Ajit Pai’s report that used 25/3 (a six-year-old benchmark) as his measure of success. Student activists have been pushing to close the digital divide since the pandemic began, and I’m pleased to report that Comcast will roll out 50/5 nationwide to its internet essentials customers starting March 1. Kudos to Comcast for listening and acting!
Is 50/5 good enough? I think it’s a good start. We have to get past the politics on this issue. We need competitively priced, real, high-speed broadband (300Mbps, 500Mbps, a Gig would be better) for every American, no matter where they live or where they work. High speed equals high productivity. It’s really that simple.
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