The definition of “broadband” has changed over the years to reflect the way we use the Internet. From a mere 200 kilobits per second (Kbps) in download speed in 1996 to 25 megabits per second (Mbps) in 2015, it’s also important to remember that download speed is only part of the definition. While lobbyists for big ISPs argue the 25/3 standard is too high, 25 Mbps (download) and 3 Mbps (upload) is a reasonable minimum standard for broadband in 2018.
#1 /Turn off that video! I need to make a phone call!/
Back in the day, we used to accept that accessing the Internet meant we couldn’t make phone calls. Technology has advanced, and now that seems ridiculous. In 2018, general household Internet use requires at least a 25 Mbps download capacity so that we can all use the Internet without disrupting each other.
(Basic functions: email, browsing, basic video, VoIP, Internet radio)
(Basic functions plus one high-demand application: streaming HD video, multiparty video conferencing, online gaming, telecommuting)