The most recent FCC broadband deployment report said that, as of year-end 2019, 95.6 percent of Americans had access to fixed broadband with speeds of at least 25Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream. Deployment at higher speeds is more limited, especially in rural and tribal areas. For example, the report said that 250/25Mbps speeds are available to 87.2 percent of people nationwide, 55.6 percent of people in rural areas, and 49.6 percent of tribal residents.
3/25Mbps is can simply not be called standard or minimum, it’s unusable. Anyone who believes that speed is sufficient has not spend any reasonable time trying to use speeds like that in their day to day. I get that infrastructure is expensive. That’s why it’s an investment, it’ll take years to get there, but it’s worth it. There is no excuse not to have 250/25Mbps in 98% nationwide, 90% rural, and 100% tribal. The ONLY obstacle is the will to get it done.