On Monday, providers of broadband services across wireless, cable and satellite platforms offered their views to the FCC on the definition of broadband, with the filing of comments that respond to an August 20 public notice soliciting public input on that topic. To assist its effort at developing a national broadband plan, the FCC asked parties for “focused” comment on (1) the general form, characteristics and performance indicators to be included in a definition of broadband, (2) thresholds to be assigned to these performance indicators, and (3) how the definition of broadband should be updated over time. Notwithstanding the unusually short comment cycle of seven business days, the FCC received filings Monday from more than three dozen parties that include fixed line (and wireless) network operators AT&T and Verizon, cable operators Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and satellite Internet providers Hughes and WildBlue. On behalf of the cable industry, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) urged the FCC to maintain its current definition of broadband that encompasses high-speed Internet services with minimum download speeds of 768 kbps. Arguing that yearly changes in the definition of broadband are not needed to assist the FCC’s goal of improved national broadband performance, NCTA recommended that the agency “incorporate the existing definition and speed tiers into goals based on the percentage of households and businesses with access to service in a particular tier.” Wireless association CTIA emphasized that the definition of broadband “must recognize the value of mobile wireless broadband to consumers” and the “constraints that mobile wireless broadband providers face as they deliver broadband over limited allocations of radio spectrum.” Accordingly, CTIA called for a separate definition of broadband that is “specific to the mobile wireless context” and that should be based on “currently deployed wireless data technologies” that include WiMax, LTE, EV-DO and GPRS. By contrast, the MSS/ATC Coalition consisting of mobile satellite service providers Inmarsat, TerreStar, SkyTerra, and Globalstar argued for adoption of “a flexible, technology-neutral definition of broadband service that takes into account the interests and needs of various user groups, including those in remote areas whose focus is on coverage, mobility and cost—and not necessarily the highest available throughput speeds.” Stressing that the FCC should “clarify that broadband is not the Internet or even access to the Internet,” Google said broadband should be defined as the “physical, connective pathway that allows consumers to reach the Internet and utilize its capabilities,” as it added that such a definition should also specify “high-quality, always-on, packet switched, technology neutral [and] high-speed . . . transmission” capabilities.