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Broadband adds options

March 12, 2010 - Art Smith

Broadband adds options
Broadband is changing the way we live our lives.

If you have been on the Internet for past decade or so you have noticed it has changed a bit.

The universal force driving change on the Internet is the speed in which you can view pages as well as send and receive files.

In the early days of the Web most people accessed the web by using modems to use their phone line to connect to providers such as CompuServe and AOL. You could talk on the phone or you could be online, you couldn’t be on both.

Attaching computers to a system designed for short verbal conversations put a great strain on the nation phone system because people tended to stay online for longer periods than they talked on their phones. Phone systems were upgraded but the need proved to be short term.

The need for speed grew quickly and computer users migrated toward faster options.

Today only about four percent of people access the Internet via their phone lines. The majority of people access the Web through a variety of broadband Internet options.

Essentially broadband simply gives the user a large “pipe” in which their information can flow back and forth.

As the “pipe” has gotten bigger, web developers have taken advantage of the increased speed to provide more content to users. These changes are making for some huge shifts in the communications industry. It’s now possible to watch television shows and movies without using a broadcast station, cable company, or a video store. It is now possible to make a “phone call,” and see whom you are talking to without a phone, or a phone bill.

The ability to have high speed internet has unfortunately created a situation where many people are denied the availability of all the great content simply by not living where it is available.

Two factors are play. How much you earn and where you live.

Broadband Internet is expensive, with most people paying $40 to $50 per month for the service; many people simply cannot afford it.

Options for getting broadband into your home are growing, including the use of cell phone technology to place a wireless hub anywhere. You must be able to get a cell signal of course to use this method. The most common method involves buying the service from a phone or cable company that already has the wiring running to your home.

Regardless, there are still millions of American that have no options available for broadband. In rural areas, like West Virginia, and southeastern Ohio, it can be extremely difficult for computers users to get connected, let alone be able to afford, the luxury of high speed Internet.


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