Broadband Tips and Guidelines

Today, broadband is the standard for most users when accessing the Internet; the use of modems and dial up have become relics of the past. The main reason is that costs have dropped dramatically, making broadband affordable by the average user. If you are still relying on dial up services to access the Internet, with its slow speed and unreliable connection, you should seriously consider converting to broadband.

The growth of Broadband has been exponential, with approximately 500 million American subscribers in 2010. There are national plans promoting the universal availability of affordable and accessible broadband connectivity; especially to areas of low population density with the use of WISPs (Wireless Internet Service Provider). Cellular towers are now being outfitted with 3G and 4G network capability that support high-speed broadband, which enable cell phones to have access to the Internet; and with the inclusion of cellular broadband routers, multiple computers can be connected to the Internet through one cellular connection.

If you’re considering using a broadband provider, here are some guidelines:

  • If you currently have (or are considering) a Cable service for your TV, also determine if they provide access to the Internet as well. Generally Cable companies provide inexpensive high-speed access through cable modems. A router with WiFi will enable multiple computers in your home to connect to the modem concurrently.
  • If you have a cellular phone, contact your service provider and determine if they also provide high-speed (at least 3G) access to the Internet.
  • A Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) uses existing telephone lines. If this is available in your area, compare prices to the above alternatives. Applications for broadband are growing every day. Below is a partial list of the most interesting…
  • Voice over IP. This is a group of technologies that provide voice, fax, and messaging communications, and multimedia.
  • Broadband Radio. Most popular radio stations now offer streaming audio over the Internet. This means you can listen to the radio broadcast anywhere in the World where you have access to the Internet.
  • Online Shopping. As an alternative to shopping at the store, you can now shop virtually through the Internet. This is also referred to a Business-to-Consumer (B 2 C) and Business-to-Business (B2B) online shopping.
  • Internet Television. Did you miss your favorite TV show? Well, now you can access free and paid services that record popular shows and watch them on your computer. is a service for American shows.
  • IPTV (Internet Protocol TV). In the future it is likely that most television will be delivered through the Internet, as opposed to Cable or Airwaves.

The future is the Internet. To enjoy the full benefits of the Internet, you will need broadband access.

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