By now you’ve probably seen the news about the FCC’s plan to reclassify broadband as a utility service.
That means you’ll no longer need a cable or DSL package to get your favorite shows and movies.
The FCC also announced that it’s expanding the definition of broadband to include TV streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime Video, so you’ll now be able to stream the full range of content from those services without cable or TV service.
The FCC’s proposal was met with considerable controversy.
Some argued that reclassifying broadband as an utility service would allow for faster and cheaper deployment of services like broadband-based Wi-Fi.
Others argued that it would encourage companies like Comcast and AT&T to offer their own cable services, and make it easier for consumers to switch to the more expensive cable service.
In an effort to address these concerns, the FCC on Thursday released a proposal that aims to update the definition.
It proposes that the FCC classify broadband as “the basic telecommunications service.”
As the FCC notes, the term “basic telecommunications service” is defined as the following:For more on the FCC proposal, check out our explainer.
We’ll take a closer look at some of the changes, including how the FCC will update the classification for ISPs.