Broadband Internet Providers
Broadband is high speed Internet service providing high rate of data transmission. Dialup modems are generally capable of providing a maximum 56 kbps connection speed and require the full use of a telephone line. With Dialup it is difficult to download large file or open email attachments. In contrast, Broadband makes it easy to view video files, download large files and play online games.
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Top 10 Broadband Internet Providers
|1||U-verse||$29.95 to $64.95||3Mbps to 45Mbps||See Plans>>
|2||FiOS||$54.99 to $284.99||25Mbps to 500Mbps||See Plans>>
|3||Cable||$29.99 to $114.95||6Mbps to 150Mbps||See Plans>>
|4||Cable||$14.99 to $64.99||2Mbps to 50Mbps||See Plans>>
|5||DSL||$19.95 to $24.95||1.5Mbps to 40Mbps||See Plans>>
|7||Cable||$34.99 to $79.99||5Mbps to 150Mbps||See Plans>>
|8||Cable||$35 to $75||50Mbps to 100Mbps||See Plans>>
|9||Cable||$35 to $55||15Mbps to 50Mbps||See Plans>>
|10||Satellite||$49.99 to $129.99||5Mbps to 15Mbps||See Plans>>
Nationwide Brodband Providers
|AT&T (17.8 million customers)|
|Verizon (9.1 million connections)|
|CenturyLink (6.0 million customers)|
|Comcast (20.7 million customers)|
|Time Warner (11.5 million subscribers)|
|Charter (4.4 million residential customers)|
|Cox (3.9 million customers)|
Types of Broadband Internet
DSL is technology that provides high speed Internet connection. DSL uses existing copper pair phone line wiring in conjunction with special hardware on the switch and user ends of the line. This special hardware allows for a continuous digital connection over the phone lines.
DSL allows user to receive data at 1.5 Mbps and send data at approximately 256 Kbps, though actual speed is determined by the proximity to the providers central office. DSL service is always on - users don't need to dial a connection to gain access to the Internet - and some services even allow users to use the same line for voice and data traffic.
Cable broadabnd is a high speed Internet access over the TV cable network. Cable operators provide broadband using the same coaxial cables that deliver pictures and sound to your TV set. They provide transmission speeds of 1.5 Mbps or more. The actual bandwidth for Internet service over a cable TV line is up to 27 Mbps on the download path to the subscriber with about 2.5 Mbps of bandwidth for interactive responses in the other direction. However, since the local provider may not be connected to the Internet on a line faster than a T-carrier system at 1.5 Mpbs, a more likely data rate will be close to 1.5 Mpbs.
Subscribers can access their cable modem service simply by turning on their computers without dialing-up an ISP. You can still watch cable TV while using it. Transmission speeds vary depending on the type of cable modem, cable network, and traffic load. Speeds are comparable to DSL.
Wireless broadabnd is a high speed Internet access using a radio link between the customer's location and the service provider's facility. Wireless Internet can be mobile or fixed. High speed wireless connections are now readily available on laptops, cell phones, and other mobile computing devices.
Wireless technologies using longer range directional equipment provide broadband service in remote or sparsely populated areas where DSL or cable modem service would be costly to provide. Speeds are generally comparable to DSL and cable modem. An external antenna is usually required.
Satellite broadabnd is a more expensive internet connection than others. Satellite service is used in locations where terrestrial Internet access is not available. Satellite Internet uses a satellite dish for two-way data communications.
Satellite Internet is much faster than DSL or cable. It does not require huge cabling or telephone connection. Speed is also constant as satellite Internet uses two way high speed Internet.
Advantage of Broadband Internet Service
1] Always on connection
With broadband your computer is always hooked to the Internet. You do not need to "dial up" every time you want to use the Internet.
2] Doesn't tie up your phone line
Broadband does not tie up your phone line, so you can make and receive calls while using the Internet.
3] Speed of downloads
With broadband, you can download large files and email attachments. You can easily stream music and video files.