In the latest assessment of whether broadband speeds match the needs of Americans, the FCC refused to lower the speed standard by which ISPs offer Internet to private users.
The commission’s head Ajit Pai thinks that the now-defunct Obama-era net neutrality rules had brought Internet speeds down across the country. Pai is confident that the repeal of the rules would turn things around.
Net Neutrality Reportedly Lowered Internet Speeds ‘Dramatically’
Pai admitted that the speed of fixed and mobile Internet services has decreased “dramatically” in recent years, but blamed the Title II [net neutrality] Order for it. ISPs, on the other hand, have another version of the story.
The fixed broadband industry has recently bragged that it has managed to up speeds during the net neutrality era. The mobile industry claims the same.
The FCC promised to issue a full report on the issue, so we might get some answers then. It remains unclear when a full report will be issued.
Pai also said that we’re heading in the right direction when it comes to Internet services’ speeds. The fact sheet, though, doesn’t mention what type of progress has been done. In other words, there is no evidence to back FCC’s claims that speeds have gotten worse because of net neutrality and now are getting better.
In addition, net neutrality rules are still effective, as a repeal would take effect after 60 days from its publication.