A recent report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveals that there is a lot of confusion about the meaning of the terms “broadband” and “broadcast.”
In many cases, it seems like there is no clear definition of either.
And the FCC doesn’t seem to know either.
What the FCC says “broadly” Broadband refers to the speed at which internet service providers can deliver data to consumers.
“Broadband” means data delivered at the same speed as that of internet service.
“Streaming” Broadcasts can be different than “broadcasting.”
“Stream” refers to a stream of data at a different speed than the data itself.
The FCC defines “broad” as any of the following: a nationwide access network that provides access to the internet at a minimum speed of 2.5 Mbps, with higher speeds available on a case-by-case basis; a nationwide broadcast network that delivers television programming at a rate of at least 1.5Mbps; a satellite or terrestrial television network that carries local television programming; or a cable television service that provides high-definition video at a speed of at most 3.0Mbps.
This is different from the “broadcasts” that the FCC defines as the following.
A broadcast is any television broadcast, or a telecast (a live broadcast that includes live television, audio, or video), in which an individual or a group of individuals communicate on an interactive computer program.
A telecast is a program, video, or other recording of a single event that occurs in real time, for which the recording is transmitted over a television network and in which the audio and video are not presented as a continuous stream.
“Network access” refers, in some cases, to the physical location where internet access is provided.
This includes the network equipment that provides internet access, the network and its infrastructure, and the facilities and devices that connect to the network.
“Service provider” refers either to a service provider, a wireless carrier, or the like.
“Provider” means a person or entity that provides service to a consumer.
“Services” means the information that is delivered by a service, whether it is in a form of text, data, or software, or is transmitted through a network.
A service includes, among other things, a website, application, video streaming service, and video-on-demand service.
It includes mobile devices that access the internet through a mobile broadband service.
The definition of “broad-band” in the FCC’s definition of the term Broadband, for example, means data that can be delivered at a specific speed, but not the speed of a wireless broadband connection.
It also does not mean a service that is available to all consumers.
For example, the FCC definition of Broadband also does the following to help clarify what constitutes broadband: the speeds of data transmitted to consumers and to their devices can vary across time and network conditions, so data speeds in the United States can vary from state to state.
Broadband services are provided to consumers by a “service provider.”
The term “service” does not include a mobile wireless service.