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I don't understand the Republican complaint.

An FCC report found that 55 million U.S. residents—17 percent of the population—have access to 25 Mbps broadband. About 53 percent of residents in rural areas don’t have access to those speeds, the report said. The gap in availability of 25 Mbps broadband closed by just 3 percent from 2012 to 2013, the FCC said.

The commission’s two Republicans blasted the FCC report and new definition of broadband. More than 70 percent of U.S. residents who have access to 25Mbps service choose not to pay for it, said Commissioner Ajit Pai. The definition excludes mobile 4G service from being defined as broadband, he noted.

A home broadband connection of 10Mbps supports three video streams, plus other Web use, at the same time, Pai said. “For some time now, under this administration, grounding the new benchmark for broadband in reality hasn’t been the point,” he added. “No, the ultimate goal is to seize new, virtually limitless authority to regulate the broadband marketplace.”

If the FCC continues to redefine broadband, it will never be able to conclude broadband providers are deploying it in a timely way, the commission’s Republicans said. “At some point, the agency has to take yes for an answer when it comes to broadband deployment,” Pai said.

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