A relative term referring to a fast Internet connection according to current standards usually twice as fast as ISDN (128kbps) or higher. This can also come from multiple online sources. Usually broadband connections are available continuously and never require a dialup process.
Broadband is much quicker than the average narrowband, telephone connection which are still used by many home internet users. Broadband not only threatens tv's dominance it also fuels the demand for video streaming, online gaming, file sharing, and that is just for starters.
Premium or business cable or DSL connections allow static IPs but most home or basic service customers discourage servers as they often use more bandwidth and present security concerns as casual users are often unqualified administrators.
The term broadband refers to bandwidth, allowing a wider amount of information in a communications signal between the waves of a communication signal. Although most connections are digital and do not have analogue "bands" or "waves" like radio, communications are generally still thought of as "waves." Many types of communication are still sent by analogue "waves," including regular dialup, satellite, and microwave communications.
- Keeping the Net neutral (Salon) - A coalition of big-name tech companies -- Microsoft, Amazon, eBay and others -- wants the feds to make sure that cable companies don't ruin the broadband Internet.
- Bandwidth Test - How fast is your connection?
- Broadband Reports - information on DSL, Cable and other high speed internet service.
- Broadband Week - Service for various technologies connected to Broadband.