Broadband high speed Internet service has become almost common place in homes across North America and in many other countries around the world. Just 10 years ago consumers started to embrace the Internet and a small percentage of homes were paying $10 a month for dial-up. In a relatively short period of time we have seen a huge shift from dial-up to Broadband of one type or another. This has been made possible by the incredible leaps that providers have made technology wise, and in some cases in their improved infrastructure. The availability increases every year. Rural areas that may have never considered such a service now have options like Satellite, helping to make North America connected.
This section of our site provides informational resources for our visitors who want to learn more about this technology, what the options are and how they work. Use the below navigation to access either residential or business service information, depending on your needs, or simply scroll down the page.
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For the people who are new to Broadband, the term is used to describe any kind of high speed Internet access service (this includes DSL and Cable, more on this below). There are many reasons why Broadband solutions are a much better choice over a dial up modem. Read our guide to learn more about this technology.
DSL is an acronym for Digital Subscriber Line and is provided over ordinary copper telephone lines. This type of service is typically targeted at the residential market but can also be an option for small businesses. DSL is generally considered the lower cost option but is also typically associated with lower speeds when compared to the Cable option. For more information on what it is, how it works, various configuration set-up diagrams and its main advantages and disadvantages, please read our what is DSL guide.
This is another popular option today for both homes and small businesses. With this technology, the service is carried over your cable TV line. If you already have cable TV in your house then the chances are high that your provider will also support Broadband access for an additional fee. Costs tend to be higher than with DSL but Cable often boasts much higher bandwidth's (speed). For more information on what it is, how it works, configuration set-up diagrams, and its main advantages and disadvantages, please read our what is Cable guide.
What happens if you live in a rural area where there is no Cable TV connection to your house or no support for DSL via a telephone line? This is where a Satellite Internet service can be a good option. A Satellite link is used, from a mounted Satellite dish at your residence to an orbiting Satellite and then back down to a station on Earth, to provide the connection. This solution tends to be costly due to the infrastructure used and can be limited in bandwidth. This technology suffers from an inherent delay, which is OK for data transfer but can cause issues if you are considering a VoIP phone service. For more information on what it is, how it works, and its main advantages and disadvantages, please read our what is Satellite guide.
Broadband solutions for businesses come in many different flavors in terms of the physical interface used to transport the data, the data speed available to you and of course the cost. Solutions for businesses include DSL, Cable, T1, T3, Ethernet and more. You can learn more about business service solutions with our business high speed data solutions explained guide.
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Author: Mike Bragg