The definition of the word “internet,” as defined by the US Department of Commerce, is “any networked device or network capable of receiving and transmitting signals over a fixed frequency, either wirelessly or by other means, and capable of carrying out the same functions as a wire or satellite telephone.”
That means it can be any wireless device or the internet, including routers, switches, modems, and cellular phones.
However, the definition of internet usage has changed over the years as companies have become more efficient at distributing data to consumers and devices.
In 2018, the FCC announced it would be eliminating the requirement that ISPs maintain a list of all internet service providers and would instead require companies to maintain that information.
The move came at a time when the FCC was trying to promote broadband deployment, and the FCC has long pushed for more competition in the internet market.
However the new rules do not apply to broadband service providers, which includes wireless companies like AT&T and Comcast.
AT&T had previously stated that it was “disappointed” that the FCC had changed its definition of broadband and said it would seek legal recourse to stop the FCC from enforcing its plan.
The FCC has not yet responded to Ars’ request for comment.
Ars contacted the FCC for comment but did not receive a response.
Ars will update this article when the agency responds.