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A new working definition of what broadband means and what its minimum standards should be is being created by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

According to Computer Weekly, the communications regulator intends to take a leaf out of the Digital Britain report and is working to create a $7.2 billion (£4.4 billion) national broadband policy by the beginning of next year.

In the UK, the government has committed to rolling out universal 2Mb access by 2012, while also encouraging internet service providers to lay down infrastructure for super-fast fibre-optic broadband.

Although it is not yet known what targets the FCC will set, the website noted that the commission currently considers speeds of above 786Kb to be broadband.

"Broadband can be defined in myriad ways," the FCC said in a public notice.

"The Recovery Act requires the Commission to develop a 'national broadband plan' that seeks to ensure 'access to broadband capability' for the entire US."

Meanwhile, a new blog post on the Digital Britain Forum website has indicated that the proposed annual £6 broadband tax is still being mooted by government, despite a lack of movement on the issue since the publication of the report in June.

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