Federal regulators have set a new definition for broadband that establishes 25 megabits per second as the baseline for high-speed downloads, up from 4 Mbps previously. With this standard, the Federal Communications Commission will be able to argue for much stronger action on Internet providers - a point that's rankling Republicans on the commission as the agency moves to promote the adoption of fast, cheap and reliable Internet in America. It's a simple accounting change that will have major ramifications. As a result of the decision - which also sets the minimum speed for uploads at 3 Mbps - millions of people who subscribe to slower plans will effectively lose their broadband status. Combine those with the substantial share of Americans who have never had broadband, and as many as 17 percent of America, or 55 million people, will lack access to high-speed broadband under the new measure, according to the FCC.
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