What does Broadband mean?
Summary: Broadband essentially means any high-speed Internet access that is always on and faster than traditional dial-up access.
The terms “Internet access” and “broadband” are often used interchangeably. There is frequently confusion between the two, especially as the definitions evolve with technology changes.
Internet access connects individual computer terminals, computers, mobile devices, and computer networks to the Internet, enabling users to access Internet services such as email, applications and information delivered via the World Wide Web. Internet service providers (ISPs) offer Internet access through various technologies that offer a wide range of data signaling rates (speeds).
Consumer use of the Internet first became popular through dial-up Internet access in the 1990s. By the first decade of the 21st century, many consumers in developed nations used faster, broadband Internet access technologies.
Broadband is a generic term representing any wide-bandwidth data transmission method with the ability to transport multiple signals and traffic types simultaneously. This data can be transmitted using coaxial cable, optical fiber, radio or twisted pair copper. In the context of Internet access, broadband is used much more loosely to mean any high-speed Internet access that is always on and faster than traditional dial-up access. Different governing authorities have developed inconsistent definitions of what constitutes broadband service based on access speed