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FCC raises broadband definition to 25 Mbps

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted 3-2 along party lines to increase the data rates within its definition of broadband to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. The FCC announced the decision as it released a Broadband Progress Report January 29 that, not surprisingly, stated that 17% of Americans, most of them in rural locations, don’t have access to such Internet speeds.


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Zayo dark fiber connects Mahwah sites

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QLogic, Broadcom demo 25 Gigabit Ethernet, 100 Gigabit Ethernet chip interoperability

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Panduit HD Flex Fiber Cabling System targets data center networks

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Vodacom to deploy GPON FTTP in South Africa

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