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igh-speed internet access that is faster than
traditional dial-up is referred to as "broadband."
The type of broadband chosen for use in a
home or business depends on location, price, availability and how the service is packaged with telephone
and other services. High-speed broadband transmission technologies include:
* Digital subscriber line (DSL): DSL is a wiredline transmission technology that transmits data faster
over traditional copper telephone lines that are already installed. Availability and speed of DSL depend
on how close a home or business is to the nearest
service provider.
* Cable modem: Cable modem service enables
cable operators to provide broadband using the
same coaxial cables that deliver programming to a
television. Comparable to those of DSL, transmission speeds depend on the cable modem, network
and traffic load.
* Satellite: Satellite broadband can be useful for
serving remote or sparsely populated areas. Download speeds may be slower than with DSL and cable
modem service but are much faster than dial-up access.
* Wireless: Wireless broadband connects computers
to the internet using radio links. Wireless technologies
employ long-range directional equipment to provide
broadband service in remote areas where DSL or cable
modem would be costly. Speeds are comparable to DSL
and cable modem service.
* Fiber: Fiber-optic technology converts electrical signals that are carrying data into light and sends the light
through transparent glass fibers. Data transmission is
much faster than DSL or cable modem speeds.
* Mobile vs. fixed-line broadband: Mobile broadband is internet on the go, using a smartphone, tablet or
portable Wi-Fi hot spot to connect. Fixed-line broadband
is an in-home or in-office internet connection delivered
over phone lines or through a provider's cable network
or super-fast fiber optics.
Mobile broadband providers typically package their
plans with data-usage caps that specify overage charges.
Fixed-line broadband providers typically package plans
with a maximum available download speed.
* Megabyte and megabit: A megabyte (MB) denotes
file size, while a megabit (Mb) measures download
speeds. Likewise, gigabyte (GB) and gigabit (Gb) denote
file size and download speeds, respectively.

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The more things change,
the more they stay the same, as evidenced by
this Southern Bell ad from the September 1951 issue of
Rural Georgia Magazine. Not unlike the party-line capacity
issues this ad addresses, internet usage such as video streaming
can affect internet bandwidth availability across a wide area.

http://broadband.georgia.gov

All Georgia internet users are
encouraged to visit the website,
broadband.georgia.gov, to complete
a brief survey about broadband
availability at your home and/or
business.

More online at www.georgiamagazine.org

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