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Broadband Summary - a quick one pager on Cable, DSL and Satellite Broadband Internet.



Which High Speed Broadband Connection is Right for You?

Cable
Cable Internet is one method of experiencing a broadband connection. Cable broadband Internet allows you to have an a connection that delivers considerably faster speeds than dial-up.

Many users prefer Cable Internet because it utilizes the same fiber optic wiring already used to provide cable television in their homes. This typically makes installation faster.
While most Cable Internet service provides upload speeds of up to 384 Kbps, its download speeds can be as fast as 5 Mbps. Because of this speed, Cable Internet is especially useful for people who enjoy playing on-line games, downloading music, sending instant messages, and surfing graphic-intensive web sites.

One drawback to cable is, the more people using cable, the slower the service.

DSL
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) is a technology that brings high-bandwidth to homes and small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) over copper telephone lines presently installed behind your walls or fiber to the home. DSL technology is available in various flavors, collectively referred to as xDSL. It allows voice, video and data to be transmitted at very fast speeds.

DSL provides fast Internet access, high bandwidth and speed, reliability, and increased security.

Satellite
Satellite Internet is one method of experiencing a broadband connection. While it may not be as popular as DSL or Cable Internet access, it is predicted that by the end of 2005, almost 5 million homes will be using satellite dishes to get on-line.

As the name implies, satellite Internet uses a space satellite to deliver broadband access to homes. Because of this, even homes in areas where DSL or Cable are not available can receive high-speed access. Of course that access does come at a price. Satellite Internet is one of the more costly broadband alternatives.

While Satellite Internet can be the ideal choice for some broadband seekers, it does have its drawbacks. One is that you must have a clear, unobstructed view of the southern sky to receive the signal. Another is that you may notice lags in the time between clicking on a link and receiving the data. These lags, known as latency, do not interfere with most Internet activities but can cause slowdown during on-line games.


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