FCC chair ups the bar for broadband

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Tuesday said the federal government wants most U.S. households to by 2020 have access to Internet service that is 10 times faster than what is commonly available now.

Mr. Genachowski, in a speech before the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, said the goal of 100 megabits per second Internet service will be included in the FCC’s upcoming national broadband plan. Currently most Internet subscribers have service running at three to 10 megabits per second, or mbps. The telecommunications industry is already preparing to offer speeds as high as 50 mbps.

[Wall Street Journal]