While you’ve heard the term for years and simply assumed that it means higher, faster speeds, you’re correct. However, its definition, which is based on speed, has changed over the years. Originally, it was considered anything faster than your basic telephone line, which is 56 kbps. However, in 2015, just 5 years ago, the FCC defined broadband as being 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload (another reason why MetroNet’s symmetrical upload and download speeds is so impressive. Learn more about MetroNet’s symmetrical speeds here). Naturally, the FCC’s definition of the term “broadband” can be used in service providers’ marketing and advertising if it meets their criteria. If companies don’t provide true broadband, as defined by the FCC, it prevents them from seeking federal funding to deploy broadband in rural or underserved areas. If they can’t provide those speeds, forget the federal funding.