- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is praising a decision by the Federal Communications Commission to upgrade significantly the definition of broadband Internet service.

The FCC voted Thursday to change the definition of broadband from a download speed of 4 megabits per second to 25 megabits per second, and upgraded the upload speed from 1 to 3 megabits per second.

New FCC rules would require providers to achieve those speeds before advertising their service as broadband. Slower speeds would have to be identified by a different label.

Leahy says the decision will put pressure on Internet service providers to upgrade speeds, especially in rural areas, in many parts of Vermont.

Leahy says more than half of rural consumers get service that falls short of the new broadband definition.

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