Chariman Julius Genachowski wants to see ultra-high-speed broadband
internet in 100 million U.S. households within the next 10 years,
though the plan already has met criticism. "No one
can argue that we are leading
the world in broadband, or are even as close as we should be,"
Genachowski said during a recent speech. The 100 Mbps idea is
"ambitious but achievable" by 2020, but only if the U.S.
government and broadband companies work to reach that speed.The
FCC plans to give Congress a national broadband plan sometime in
March, but it's unknown how important the issue is to Congress.
plans for a 100 Mbps service, and the broadband industry
continues to discuss the realistic possibility of Internet speeds
that high in the coming years.Some industry executives said
they won't be able to afford to reach the 100 Mbps level in 10 years,
with Qwest Communications, AT&T and several other companies
against the FCC's latest initiative. Verizon, however,
successfully completed tests of a 100 Mbps service using its
high-speed FiOS network."[One gigabit per second] as
discussed in current news reports is a lot of signal; typically
enough for many massive business operations," Verizon noted in a
statement. "But we could make it happen over the FiOS
network without much trouble, should a market for it develop."
Until then, the company will continue to offer a 50
Mbps internet connection to subscribers. Up to 50 million
subscribers have access to internet up to 50 Mbps from Verizon and
several other companies. Even if companies are able to
reach 100 Mbps by 2020, it's unknown how many consumers will be
interested in purchasing the extremely pricey service.