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Broadband service means any technology having the capacity to transmit data to enable a subscriber to the service to originate and receive high-quality voice, data, graphics, and video. [7 USCS § 950bb]. The Broadband Data Improvement Act has established a number of initiatives to improve the quality of state and federal data on the availability and quality of broadband services, and promote the deployment of affordable broadband services to all parts of the nation.
The following is an example of a federal regulation defining the term:
According to 7 CFR 1738.2, ‘broadband service’ means any technology identified by the Administrator as having the capacity to transmit data to enable a subscriber to the service to originate and receive high-quality voice, data, graphics, and video. To qualify as broadband, the project must offer data transmission services, and may provide voice, graphics, video, and other services. At the beginning of each fiscal year, RUS will publish a notice in the FEDERAL REGISTER defining the minimum rate-of-data transmission criteria to qualify as broadband service during that fiscal year's funding period.