The bill, in fact, sets specific benchmarks for “advanced broadband service” as delivering data to an end-user at a speed of at least 45 Mbps downstream and 15 Mbps upstream.
The term “advanced wireless broadband service” is defined as data transmitted at a speed of at least 3 Mbps downstream and at least 1 Mbps upstream, “over an end-to-end internet protocol wireless network.”
Basic broadband service is defined as delivering data to the end-user at least 5 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream.
The legislation states that almost any entity is eligible to apply for a grant, including satellite companies.
Although the entire stimulus package is on a fast track to a full vote in the House and Senate, some provisions in the broadband component appear to be less hurried.
For example, it requires states to create a broadband inventory map of the United States that “identifies and depicts the geographic extent to which broadband service capability is deployed and available from a commercial provider or public provider throughout each state. However, the NTIA is being given two years after the enactment of the Act to create the inventory map according to the proposed legislation.
The bill does appear to go a long way toward keeping the public informed of broadband progress. It requires the NTIA to create a Web site that lists eligible entities that have applied for a grant, the areas the entity proposes to serve, plus the status of each application.
States will have 75 days after the legislation is approved to indicate what areas have the greatest priority for broadband.