From Susan Crawford:
Both the Pew study and the FCC label any connection of 4 Mbps for downloads and 1 Mbps for uploads as fast enough to be counted as broadband. Thats absurd.
Its also dangerous to call everything broadband because it allows us to pretend theres a vibrant marketplace for high-speed Internet access, with satellite duking it out with cable modem access, mobile wireless supplanting the need for a wire at home, and no need for oversight or a change in industrial policy.
Yes, you could say DSL, satellite, and mobile wireless are all high-speed broadband, but thats just like putting your local high-school football team in the same market as the New York Giants. Its all football, but the two dont and cant compete.