What is Broadband Internet?

A communications network in which the bandwidth can be divided and shared by multiple, simultaneous signals (such as voice, data, or video). Broadband is also referred to as “Internet”. Internet service speeds are expressed in Megabits Per Second or Mbps. Typical web page sizes range from 1-4 Megabits of information, and can include text, pictures and other data.

What is Cable Internet?

In telecommunications, cable Internet access, shortened to cable Internet, is a form of broadband Internet access which uses the same infrastructure as a cable television. Like digital subscriber line and fiber to the premises services, cable Internet access provides network edge connectivity from the Internet service provider to an end user. Typical Cable Internet speeds are 10 – 100 Mbps and can reach speeds of 940 Mbps (Gigabit) in larger municipalities.

What is DSL Internet?

Digital subscriber line is a family of technologies that are used to transmit digital data over telephone lines. In telecommunications marketing, the term DSL is widely understood to mean asymmetric digital subscriber line, the most commonly installed DSL technology runs Internet access over a single twisted pair copper telephone line. Speed of service depends on your addresses distance from a telephone company Central Office. Typical DSL internet speeds are 1.5 – 20 Mbps.

What is Fiber Internet?

Fiber-optic communication is a method of transmitting information from one place to another by sending pulses of light through an optical fiber. The light forms an electromagnetic carrier wave that is modulated to carry information. Fiber is preferred over electrical cabling when high bandwidth, long distance, or immunity to electromagnetic interference are required. Typical Fiber Internet speeds are 50-200 Mbps and can be 1000 Mbps (Gigabit) and higher.

What is Fixed Wireless Internet?

Fixed wireless services typically use a directional radio antenna on each end of the signal (e.g., on each building). These antennas are generally larger than those seen in Wi-Fi setups and are designed for outdoor use. Several types of radio antennas are available that accommodate various weather conditions, signal distances and bandwidths. They are usually selected to make the beam as narrow as possible and thus focus transmit power to their destination, increasing reliability and reducing the chance of eavesdropping or data injection. The links are usually arranged as a point-to-point setup to permit the use of these antennas. This also permits the link to have better speed and or better reach for the same amount of power. These antennas are typically designed to be used in the unlicensed ISM band radio frequency bands (900 MHz, 1.8 GHz, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), however, in most commercial installations, licensed frequencies may be used to ensure quality of service (QoS) or to provide higher connection speeds. Typical Fixed Wireless Internet speeds are between 5-15 Mbps.

What is Satellite Internet?

Satellite Internet access is Internet access provided through communications satellites. Satellite Internet access can be slower due to high latency because of to the distance from the surface of the earth to the satellite. Modern consumer grade satellite Internet service is typically provided to individual users through geostationary satellites that can offer relatively high data speeds, with newer satellites using K u band to achieve downstream data speeds up to 10-25 Mbps.

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