US broadband is slower than many other countries, and our broadband providers want it to stay that way. They're pushing for standards in the FCC's definition of "broadband" that are over 350 times slower than Japan's speeds.

Comcast, for example, argued for the definition of "basic" broadband to be a paltry 0.256 Mbps downstream and upstream. Verizon aimed for 0.768 Mbps downstream and 0.200 Mbps upstream. Japan's rate? 92.8 Mbps. Korea has 80.8 Mbps and France offers 51 Mbps.


So what it all boils down to is this: these companies want stimulus funds, but they don't want to, you know, improve their services with these funds. Instead, they want money for continuing to rank near the bottom of internet speeds offered by major industrialized nations. Here's hoping the FCC sees through their BS and forces them to raise the bar if they're getting any taxpayer money.

Update: Verizon writes in to tell us that they aren't going after any stimulus funds and don't foresee accepting any. Why exactly they're pushing to define broadband by such slow speeds, however, isn't clear. [MSNBC]