What is broadband Internet?


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Broadband is a general term for a high-speed Internet connection. A broadband Internet connection transmits data faster than dial-up modem connections. There are multiple technologies used to access broadband Internet that include a digital subscriber line (DSL), cable modem, fiber, wireless, satellite and Broadband over Powerlines.

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Broadband Internet allows users to download music, send emails and listen to digital radio using a faster Internet connection. The technology used to access the broadband connection depends on different factors such as location, price, availability and packaged services. Most broadband Internet services offer an Internet connection and telephone service simultaneously. As of 2014, there are several ways to connect to broadband Internet services, including fixed broadband connections as well as wireless connections. Fixed connections use a cable that connects the modem to a device. This type of connection has a transmission speed of 1.5 Mbps. Wireless connections use radio waves to connect the modem with a device, and the technology is currently capable of transmission speeds of up to 11 Mbps. There are also mobile broadband connections and satellite connections. A satellite connection uses a dish to provide Internet service. Satellite connections can upload at 80 Kbps and download at 500 Kbps, which is slower than cable but faster than dial-up options.

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