What is Broadband Internet Access?
Only a few years ago, a dial-up Internet connection was the most used medium to connect to the Internet. However, in the last few years broadband Internet access has become common.
Broadband is a faster medium to get access to the Internet as compared to the dial-up. It is fast in terms of data transfer, upload, and download, and the connectivity is much better with files, images, and data being transmitted much faster. Once a person uses broadband, there is absolutely no way he or she would want to use dial-up again.
A broadband internet access is referred to as an “always on" connection. Thus, the user does not have to go through the process of dialing up and logging in every time they want to connect to the Internet. All that needs to be done is to open the browser and start browsing as the Internet connection is automatic. Unlike the dial-up, the user does not have to free the phone line to authorize the connection.
A normal broadband connection comes in three types: cable, wireless, and DSL.
Cable: The cable connection is available in locations where there is access to cable television as it uses the same line that is needed for the television. This type of broadband connection is available from most cable television providers.
Wireless: As the name says, this connection is wireless meaning it needs no wires to connect. This can be much faster than cable and DSL connections at some locations, but it much more expensive.
DSL: DSL broadband Internet access is available through local telephone companies. The DSL infrastructure is well established in the US except for at some remote locations.