By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 12-23-21

Republican congressional leaders have reached out to key Biden Administration agencies to make sure the billions of dollars in various broadband subsidy programs created by Congress goes to areas unserved by broadband, particularly rural areas, rather than to “duplicative and wasteful subsidized overbuilding.”

The definition of “access” is key, as Republicans generally define access as the availability of  “any” high-speed broadband service – definitions differ, but speeds of 25 Megabits per second downstream and 2 Mbps upstream are considered the low end. The Biden Administration, though, has suggested that price and competition can also be factored into the access equation, which would allow for upgrades where there is already service.  » Read More