Senate Republicans push back on FCC's 25 Mbps broadband definition

Senate Republicans pushed back on the FCC's recent decision to redefine "broadband" as Internet download speeds of 25 Mbps and higher, noting that SVOD services like Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) require far less bandwidth. 

A group of six senators told Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC, in a letter that they are worried the 25 Mbps requirement will create new regulatory constraints on incumbent ISPs (Internet service providers).

Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) signed the letter. FierceTelecom has a complete report on the Senate pushback here.

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