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Broadband is a computer technology that allows you to access the Internet at much faster speeds than dial-up Internet programs. In addition to being fast, Broadband services are "Always on" so you don't need to make a telephone call each time you want to connect.

Broadband 101

Broadband is the always-on gateway to a new world of Internet-based services delivered at lightning-fast speeds to homes and businesses. Think of it as a pipe — many times bigger than a dial-up connection — that carries information to your home or office. A bigger pipe means that you can receive lots of information quickly — enabling fast downloads, streaming audio/video, fast uploads of large files (e.g. pictures) and more.

Broadband also offers a fast-growing number of entertainment choices:
  • A new generation of online games that marries cutting-edge technology to the magic of movies, animation and audio
  • On-demand news and other information that is tailored to your interests and needs
  • Audio sound that is as sharp as any CD
  • Digitized video images that are crystal clear
Interaction lies at the heart of the Internet — interaction with friends, family and work through e-mail, Web surfing, audio, video, online games, you name it. Broadband gives you the power to make that interaction faster, richer and easier to use.

Re-cap the Broadband benefits:
  • Transfer large files of text and graphics rapidly
  • Link several computers to the internet through the same connection
  • Gives you instant access to Web pages
  • Can be up to 50 times faster than dial-up services that use analog-based telephone lines
  • "Always on" so you don't have to make a telephone call every time you want to connect to the Internet
  • Does not require an additional phone line and you can still receive all your phone calls while being on the Internet


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