The FCC has released information about the draft of their Broadband Progress Report. Based on the FCC’s information, they are now saying the mobile internet can’t fully replace access to home internet service.
According to Ars Technica, the FCC, under Chairman Ajit Pai, has said mobile internet access isn’t enough. This comes despite the fact that the FCC said last year that it was possible Americans didn’t necessarily need home internet and that mobile might be adequate. The FCC’s fact sheet and statement also discuss topics concerning the recently repealed net neutrality rules. Specifically, the releases go over some information on whether broadband services are reaching people quickly enough.
Whether mobile services can replace home internet has been a subject of discussion for a long while. With mobile carriers offering faster speeds than before as the years pass, people have often questioned whether they actually need a home internet connection. Mobile hotspots have added to this debate—with some mobile services or devices, many people have access to wi-fi hotspots they can connect their devices to. That way they don’t just have to stick to using their mobile connection on their phones.
But even before the FCC’s notes about mobile and home internet, it has been questionable whether a mobile service was really enough. Speeds often aren’t up to par with a home internet connection. Also, with many services, there may be no cap on data usage, but speed throttling can still occur. This means once a certain amount of data is used each month, it’s possible the mobile service speeds could be deprioritized and potentially become slower.
In addition, there isn’t a speed standard for mobile internet set by the FCC, as Ars Technica mentions. Though it had been discussed in the past, there’s no speed standard for mobile carriers to meet. On the other hand, with home internet service, the FCC has set a standard for speeds of 25Mbps.
It’s important to note the actual report from the FCC hasn’t been released—instead, a fact sheet and a statement have been released. To learn more about the FCC’s report, you can read their fact sheet and Chairman Pai’s statement about the report.