In telecommunications, broadband is the name for a wide bandwidth data transmission that has the ability to simultaneously transport multiple signals and types of traffic. The medium for local broadband can be coaxial cable, optical fibre, radio waves or the traditional copper twisted pair.
Broadband was invented in 2000. Although the Internet has been around since 1970, broadband allowed users to download files at faster connection speeds for the first time and expanded the possibilities of the medium. Compared to 56k and dial-up, broadband internet is faster, does not disrupt telephony services and has a greater connection strength. Local broadband is commonly used to refer to a high-speed Internet connection that is always on and that is significantly faster than traditional dial-up internet. Broadband includes several transmission technologies such as: Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and Cable Modem.
Broadband local availability will vary by area, and by provider. Broadband local providers include BT, Virgin, KCOM, TalkTalk, Sky and Plusnet.