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WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Reuters) - U.S. telecommunications regulators on Thursday sought public comment on how to define "broadband," a step that could impact how the industry delivers Internet services to consumers.

The Federal Communications Commission issued a fact-finding notice on its website ( www.fcc.gov ) seeking the public's input as it drafts a national broadband plan that is slated to be submitted to Congress in mid-February.

The FCC also said it plans to issue another public notice on its website to study the competitive nature of the U.S. wireless industry and how to "encourage further innovation and investment."

FCC asks for clearly clarify what broadband will stand for.

But the FCC says it needs to know specifics about what counts as broadband if it's actually going to write a feasible plan and help the government spend billions in developing internet infrastructure. That plan is due in mid-February to Congress, which is expected to use the plan as a roadmap for adding billions more to the $7.2 billion it's already doling out in grants and loans as part of the stimulus package.

So what exactly does the FCC need to know to define broadband? This seems to be the gist:

* Where in the network should they measure speed?

* How much does latency, jitter, reliability and mobility matter?

* Is there one definition, or is it different, say, for wired versus wireless connections?

* What are the minimums necessary for classes of applications, such as internet telephony, online video, video chat, gaming, telemedicine, remote learning?

And then the FCC wants to know how it should adjust definitions over time, because what's considered fast in one year likely won't seem fast at all five years hence.
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