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Published: 2nd Jun 2014

As the typical bandwidth requirements of using the internet increase, US regulators are reportedly weighing up a change to the definition of broadband.

According to the Washington Post, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is soon to solicit comments from the public on whether the minimum speed for a service to be called broadband should be increased from 4 Mbps to 10 Mbps.

This is in response to the growing popularity of high-bandwidth apps like Netflix, which requires at least a 5 Mbps connection for high-definition film and TV streaming, one FCC worker said.

Back in November, Ofcom raised similar concerns here in the UK. Speaking at an event in Westminster, the regulator's chief executive Ed Richards argued the government's target of 2 Mbps minimum for all Britons was "too low".

According to V3, he suggested an 8 to 10 Mbps range was more realistic for today's bandwidth requirements.

By switching to satellite broadband from Avonline, UK consumers can enjoy data transfer rates of up to 22 Mbps, far surpassing minimum speeds on either side of the Atlantic.