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Broadband is State-of-the-Art Internet Access: How Can a Broadband Cable Benefit You?

We are now well ensconced in a time when the Web is riddled with graphics, animations, sounds, and videos, bringing about a necessity for superior internet access such as that which broadband can provide. The fact is that anything less than the speed supplied by a broadband cable has become inadequate for today's Web users.

Of course, if you use the internet only once every so often, you wouldn't be as heavily dependent upon high-speed internet access as is provided by broadband, however, if you're a regular user, it's virtually a necessity.

But wait a minute?even though you use the internet, it doesn't mean you know exactly what this high focus form of internet access actually is. So lets start there. In essence, broadband is a very fast form of internet connection. Broadband Will provide you with a noticeably faster internet speed than a dial-up connection.

Broadband used to be a challenge only because of it's limited availability, however, today there are many ways that you can have a much faster connection. The delivery methods of broadband have been expanded to the following types of broadband cable:

- Copper telephone wires
- Cable TV wires
- Radio microwaves from local base stations
- Satellite microwaves from geo-stationary satellites

Now lets look at why this faster style of internet access is actually better. The benefits of broadband actually include much more than faster downloads. Broadband is the connection that is always "on". As soon as you start up your computer, it's already connected to the internet. For anyone who has waited for a modem to dial up and connect, the advantage of this is quite apparent. Furthermore, broadband allows you to download movies, music, and web pages that were virtually inaccessible in practical terms when using dial-up.

But the benefits of broadband aren't just felt by individual users. Businesses, governments, schools, and communities can all experience the superiority that broadband cables can provide.

Here are some examples of benefits for each of those types of organizations:

- Businesses will notice an increase in productivity when large data files transfer quickly and directly among local and head offices, no matter the distance between the locations. Moreover, with the popularity of net-meetings and videoconferencing, a face-to-face meeting becomes entirely possible without the travel costs.

- Schools can now offer equal opportunities to their students no matter their location or funding. A student in a remote community is now able to use a broadband connection to receive violin lessons from the same revered instructor as a student in a large city. Moreover, rural students can take virtual field trips and see the same fascinating and educational museums as city kids.

- Local governments are now enjoying broadband benefits that let them provide one-stop shopping for town business transactions, as well as licensing, permits, billing, and utility payments.

- Communities have been quick to jump on the broadband band wagon to promote their local historical and other various tourist attractions. No other marketing resource reaches as far and as effectively as the internet.

There are so many fantastic benefits to a high-speed, broadband internet connection, that it is becoming as "basic" a need as a computer in today's society.

Dave Gonzalez

NRV seeking proposals for broadband internet  WSLS 10

Montgomery County and the City of Radford want to connect residents in rural areas to better internet. The two localities are launching a broadband plan.

Vermont House Overwhelmingly Advances Broadband Bill Funding Community Models  Vermont Public Radio

The Vermont House on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a bill designed to spread broadband internet throughout rural parts of the state.

Commissioner Elaine Bryant effectively pulls plug on city of Tallahassee broadband proposal

A push for the city to get into the broadband Internet business appears effectively dead, with Commissioner Elaine Bryant saying she is not for it.

Consolidated Communications bringing high-speed internet to Chesterfield  The Union Leader

Consolidated Communications is partnering with Chesterfield to bring high-speed internet to all homes and businesses in town with no associated property tax ...

Two Bills Aim To Bring Broadband To Rural Texas  KUT

From Texas Standard: In the 1930s, a young congressman named Lyndon Johnson decided he wanted to do something grand – on the scale of his hero, ...

T-Mobile Takes Its First Step to Disrupt the Cable Industry  The Motley Fool

The wireless carrier launches its home internet pilot.

FTC asks broadband providers to disclose how they collect user data  ZDNet

The FTC wants to know what user data broadband ISPs are collecting about their customers, and how they're doing it.

RealClearPolicy: Beware Beto's Siren Song of Rural Broadband  American Action Forum

The launch of Beto O'Rourke's presidential campaign brought renewed attention to the idea of expanding broadband Internet into rural regions. Yet rural regions ...

Broadband Internet critical for economic development

I learn something new practically every day in this job. For example, did you know that Oklahoma has a state meal? According to the Oklahoma Historical ...

CAF II expansion brings broadband internet access to rural residents  Merrillfotonews

Jeremy Ratliff Editor. What began nearly four years ago as ideas and conversations about expanding high-speed internet *service* in rural Lincoln County, has ...

Deploying Broadband Internet Access in Indiana and the US  Hoosier Ag Today

The biggest obstacle to building out broadband internet access to rural communities is money. However, studies show the tremendous benefits of providing that ...

Residents of rural Orange County are getting broadband internet soon  The Daily Tar Heel

Thanks to a grant from the county, underserved parts of Orange County will soon be receiving internet *service* from a company called Open Broadband.

Lowell eyes new internet option to give Comcast competition  Lowell Sun

LOWELL -- When it comes to internet providers, XFINITY by Comcast is the only game in town. That dominance may come to an end if the City Council decides ...

Fidelity Communications upgrades broadband service across central Arkansas

Rural broadband carrier Fidelity Communications is nearing completion on a one-year initiative to move all standard cable modem customers to 50 Mbps ...

Bill to use coops to expand broadband  The Daily Advance

Thursday, March 21, 2019. Area lawmakers are backing new legislation that would help electric cooperatives offer broadband internet. Rep. Howard Hunter III ...

Built With Federal Funding, VTel's Broadband Wireless Service Failed To Fully Deliver  Vermont Public Radio

Tens of millions of taxpayer dollars have gone toward bringing high-speed internet to the small towns and backroads of Vermont. But one project, a wireless.

North Carolina Legislation Would Leverage Co-ops to Expand Broadband  Nonprofit Quarterly

In North Carolina, following on the heels of legislation passed in Mississippi earlier this year, 34 state legislators have cosponsored a bill that would enable the ...

Deploying Broadband Internet Access in Indiana and Planter Calibration this Spring on the HAT Thursday Morning Edition  Hoosier Ag Today

Positioning INFB for the Next 100 Years and More Room to Grow in the Hardwoods Industry on the HAT Tuesday Morning Edition, Mar 26, 2019.

Facebook to Help Expand Broadband Internet Service in West Virginia  West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Facebook says it's going to help expand broadband internet in West Virginia. The social media company announced a plan Monday, March 4, to build a high.

Rep. Anderson files bills to move needle on rural broadband access  Waco Tribune-Herald

State Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson, R-Waco, filed a pair of bills this legislative session that aim to increase broadband access for people who live where access ...

T-Mobile Launches Home Broadband to Disrupt Cable Industry  Nasdaq

As the digital barriers between wireless telecom and cable firms seem to blur with a consolidated product portfolio, various companies from these two.

Campbell County supervisors hear from panel of experts on possible broadband expansion  Lynchburg News and Advance

RUSTBURG — The Campbell County Board of Supervisors explored broadband options with a panel of three local experts at a meeting this week.

Municipal broadband internet: The next public utility?  Smart Cities Dive

Initiatives across the country seem to be gaining steam as cities look to encourage equitable access — but pitfalls around cost and taxpayer risk remain.

Broadband internet unavailable to many in Eastern NC  WITN

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WITN) - A navy reservist who moved back to the East is frustrated with the lack of broadband internet available for his family. Jason Dart ...

How one Michigan university is working to bring high-speed internet to the whole U.P.

3300 homes are signed up for Northern Michigan University's Educational Access Network, which provides LTE internet *service* in the Upper Peninsula.

Fort Calhoun City Council roundup, March 18 | Public  Blair Enterprise Publishing

Public open house set for Adams Street Corridor project. City Engineer Lucas Billesbach of JEO Consulting gave an update to the Fort Calhoun City Council on ...

Spectrum employee caught on camera stealing someone’s dog  The Verge

Broadband and cable providers already have a pretty scummy reputation for hidden fees and inconvenient setup times, but I'm not sure they've ever committed a ...

Initiative looks to expand access to broadband internet  KIMT 3

If the measure is approved, $70 million would be used to supply rural communities with new broadband infrastructure.

Still buffering: How East Texas lags the rest of the state in broadband  Longview News-Journal

QUITMAN — Sixty-four-year-old Barbara Pinson has 17 grandchildren and great grandchildren. Like many grandparents, she says the kids don't visit as often as ...

Governor Holcomb Pledges $100 Million For Broadband Internet For Entire State  93.1 WIBC Indianapolis

STATEWIDE -- Broadband Internet access is sorely lacking in rural parts of Indiana. A new push from the Holcomb Administration looks to change that. Citing a ...

Public Knowledge Applauds Subcommittee Approval of Save the Internet Act  Public Knowledge Tech News and Comment

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology marked up and reported out Chairman Mike Doyle's ...

Garamendi aims to ‘save the internet’ with focus on rural communities  Fairfield Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — A decision by the Federal Communications Commission in 2017 to eliminate a set of internet regulations directly harmed residents and ...

T-Mobile goes after big cable companies, pilots wireless home internet service  Digital Trends

T-Mobile has announced a new pilot to bring an unlimited wireless LTE home internet *service* to up to 50000 homes across the United States by the end of 2019.

Gov. Evers' Budget Would Invest $78M To Expand High-Speed Internet  Wisconsin Public Radio News

Gov. Tony Evers' budget would invest $78 million in the state's Broadband Expansion Grant Program. The governor has set a goal to provide all homes and ...

Report: Verizon's Fixed 5G Broadband Service Economically Flawed, Unsustainable  ExtremeTech

Verizon's 5G fixed wireless *service* might never make money according to an analyst firm. The short range and small cell ...

Hawkins Commission hears update on HolstonConnect | Local News  Citizentribune

Internet *service* was at the center of attention at Monday night's Hawkins County Commission meeting at the Hawkins County Court House.

Guest opinion: Montana lawmakers can lead on protecting internet privacy  Billings Gazette

Montana state legislators are considering a proposed law that would protect consumers from privacy invasions by internet *service* providers, or ISPs — the cable ...

MEHLMAN: There’s A Better Way To Save The Internet Than The ‘Save The Internet’ Act  The Daily Caller

It's not surprising that a few sparks flew, and more threatened, in the recent congressional hearing on net neutrality, specifically on the proposed “Save the ...

Vermont Legislature Eyes ECFiber As Model For Community-Based Broadband Build-out  Vermont Public Radio

As lawmakers look for ways to get more Vermonters connected with high-speed broadband, they're increasingly turning to community-based solutions. ECFiber,

A digital divide: Pennsylvania Influencer Project wants your questions on rural broadband access  Centre Daily Times

The Centre Daily Times is spotlighting the crisis in rural broadband access through the Pennsylvania Influencer Project, developed with support from the Knight ...

Atlanta preparing to help residents cross digital divide for 2020 Census  SaportaReport

By David Pendered. Atlanta's digital divide will present challenges to getting an accurate count in the 2020 Census, a city official said Tuesday. Another ...

Virginia electric utilities wiring rural areas for broadband  Virginian-Pilot

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If you want internet *service* in the rural hamlet of Honaker, in far Southwest Virginia, Cable Plus is the only game in town. With internet ...

O'Brien supports broadband for rural areas | Community  Bay City Daily Tribune

As state leaders confer over Senate Bill 14, Van Vleck Superintendent John O'Brien testified this week to committee members about the bill. SB 14 would ...

Broadband Provider Charter Sued By Record Labels Over Piracy By Users 03/27/2019  MediaPost Communications

The internet *service* provider Charter was hit with a lawsuit by a coalition of record labels that allege the company contributed copyright infringement by failing to ...

More rural broadband goal of new Virginia legislation  Fauquier Now

“It's one of those very rare win-wins where the electric companies, ratepayers and people in need of broadband *service* all benefit. — Evan Feinman, the ...

Intercounty seeks local input on TRAIN broadband | Local News  The Salem News

Looking for better broadband internet? Intercounty Electric wants to hear from you.

Westelcom completes telephone network switching enhancement

WATERTOWN — Westelcom has completed a telephone network switching enhancement that will allow it to provide customers telephone services from two ...

Martin County broadband project nears end | News, Sports, Jobs  Fairmont Sentinel

FAIRMONT — After four years of discussion and implementation, Martin County's effort to provide high-speed broadband internet to rural areas is nearing comp.

County officials eye broadband options  The Star Beacon

JEFFERSON — Silos on farms could be a key to strengthening internet signals in rural parts of Ashtabula County.

Broadband Feedback Needed  The Transylvania Times

More choices for broadband Internet access may be coming to Transylvania County in the near future but more local feedback on the subject is needed.

Broadband internet access important to farms | News  Napoleon Northwest Signal

Technology in agriculture that requires an internet connection is only becoming more prevalent, and progress to expand broadband access was viewed ...

Comcast announces $5-per-month Flex streaming platform for cord cutters  The Verge

Days before Apple announces an expanded plan to sell video *service* subscriptions, Comcast has unveiled Flex, a streaming platform targeted at non-cable ...

Apple and Netflix and Hulu, oh my! ‘Subscription fatigue’ sets in among streamers  Los Angeles Times

Apple's entry into the streaming-video business adds yet another choice for consumers. A new report says many cord cutters are unwilling to shell out for more ...

$1.25 million earmarked for broadband, library, park | News |  Indiana Gazette

One day, youngsters in the farthest, most remote corners of Indiana County will log onto the internet from their own homes and, at the same lightning-fast speeds ...

YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE: Legislature addresses broadband internet in rural Texas Presented by Texas Farm Bureau's Mike Miesse

The internet is about more than web surfing or Facebook. It is now vital to commerce, health care and more. For most of Texas, broadband access, as with a ...

DETCOG conducts broadband survey to better understand internet speeds  KTRE

DETCOG is asking residents and businesses to take the survey so it can better understand the internet speeds people have access to in Deep East Texas.

Consolidated and New Hampshire Town Partner for Public-Private Broadband  Telecompetitor

Consolidated Communications has joined forces with the town of Chesterfield, N.H. for a public-private broadband network project. The project will bring a ...

Editorial: Utility of internet still not available to all  The Daily Herald

Most of us enjoy fast and reliable broadband internet *service* at the touch of our phones, tablets or TVs. It's become another utility — and another monthly bill ...

DETCOG sponsors broadband internet study for several deep East Texas counties

ANGELINA COUNTY, Tx (KETK) - The Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) is currently sponsoring a Broadband Internet study for several deep ...

Lawmaker files bill to increase access to high-speed internet in rural areas of Texas  KLTV

The bill would use existing electrical co-op power poles and easements to provide broadband internet to rural areas of Texas.

High-Speed Fibre Makes Up One-Quarter of Fixed Broadband Internet Connections in OECD Countries  CircleID

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reports that the share of high-speed fiber in fixed broadband Internet connections in its ...

Telecom-Backed Nonprofit Opposes Broadband Bonds in Mississippi  Nonprofit Quarterly

Mississippi ranks 49th in broadband coverage and has launched a bond-backed effort with rural electric co-ops to improve its standing. A nonprofit funded by ...

PE Group to Acquire U.K.'s Inmarsat for $3.4B  CFO Magazine

The satellite operator has been investing in inflight wifi for planes amid increasing competition in its core maritime communications business.

Liberty Latin America Buys Controlling Interest in UTS  Multichannel News

Liberty Latin America said it has reached an agreement to purchase 87.5% of United Telecommunication Services, a fixed and mobile services provider to ...

FTC Hearing #10: Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in US Broadband Markets  Disruptive Competition Project

The tenth FTC hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century took place on Wednesday. The hearing featured panels addressing a range ...

State AG: Rural Internet Provider Overpromised Broadband  Government Technology

(TNS) — As Frontier Communications told regulators Tuesday that it is improving *service* and mediating customer concerns, the state attorney general's office ...

Conference targets high-speed internet access on Peninsula  Peninsula Daily News

North Olympic Peninsula Broadband Symposium to be held March 18-19 in Blyn.

New York promises high-speed internet for all but this town was left behind  Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Note: The story has been updated to reflect new information from the state's Broadband for All program on its coverage of the Bradford area and Haefele TV's ...

OneWeb’s first satellites are launched into orbit for global internet constellation  GeekWire

A Russian-built, European-launched Soyuz rocket sent the first six satellites of OneWeb's broadband data constellation into orbit, kicking off a years-long ...

Allegany County launches broadband, trails task forces  Wellsville Daily Reporter

BELMONT — Known for its rural nature, Allegany County is launching two concerted efforts to address both a challenge and the promise presented by its vast ...

Connected Consumer Survey 2018: Fixed Broadband Retention & Satisfaction in Australia & New Zealand -  Associated Press

This *content* is a press release from our partner Business Wire. The AP newsroom and editorial departments were not involved in its creation.

Poloncarz wants to close county's digital divide with $20M high-speed network  Buffalo News

County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he's done waiting for private corporations to close the digital divide in Erie County, which has left thousands of residents ...

City celebrates milestone for Connexion broadband service, but sign-up dates still unknown  The Coloradoan

Workers are busy laying fiber optic lines throughout the city.

Rural Broadband Funding Could Connect More Ohio Valley Communities To High-Speed Internet  WOUB

By: Liam Niemeyer | Ohio Valley ReSource. Posted on: Tuesday, February 26, 2019. < < Back to. “Rural Broadband Funding Could Connect More Ohio Valley ...

How TV could be used to provide affordable broadband internet to rural Mississippi  Jackson Clarion Ledger

By using TV white spaces technology, the cost of bridging the digital divide could be reduced by as much as 80 percent.

PARIS TN: Company awarded $2 million in state broadband grants  Paris Post Intelligencer

A telecommunications company has been awarded a $2 million state grant to expand broadband internet services to more than 900 homes in Henry County.

How's Your Home Internet Service?...DETCOG Wants to Know

Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) wants to hear about your internet *service*, or lack of internet *service*, in meetings it is holding in each of its ...

PUD wants public input  Port Townsend Leader

The Jefferson County Public Utility District is encouraging its customers to take part in both a survey and a symposium on broadband internet access.

Governor Wolf wants proposed severance tax to pay for broadband in rural areas

Richard Towart spends much of his time running Lakeville Specialty Produce. The company has been a produce wholesaler in Montour County for nearly 35 ...

Latin America's Internet Growth Will Mint Millionaires from Its Investors  Banyan Hill Publishing

Among Latin America's five largest countries, broadband internet penetration is 50%, but growing at a 10% annual clip. Early investors will be millionaires.

Is the FCC understating the scope of the rural broadband gap?  Helena Independent Record

Policymakers at the state and federal levels have been working for years to improve access to broadband quality across the country. It's a difficult problem, ...

State, Federal Grants to Aid Internet Push into Rural Pennsylvania  Government Technology

Internet providers have been reluctant to extend coverage to rural areas because it has not been cost-efficient, but now one company received federal and state ...

Fortnite and games like it have made 31% of Brits change internet packages  PCGamesN

The UK is spending more on internet, and you can thank online gaming.

Gov. Lee announces $14.8 million in grants for broadband accessibility  WVLT.TV

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Rural counties across Tennessee could have access to broadband internet soon. Governor Bill Lee announced Monday $14.8 ...

Reps in the News: Evers Calls for Broadband Expansion  Door County Pulse

Governor Tony Evers. Gov. Tony Evers' budget would invest $78 million in the state's Broadband Expansion Grant Program. The governor has set a goal to ...

Our view: Government funding speeds rural broadband - Opinion

Rural Pennsylvanians for years have vividly detailed the inconvenience and deprivation of living without high-speed internet *service*.A family who lived outside ...

Alaska Elementary School Promotes Satellite Broadband  Government Technology

A school in Anchorage has put its name on a satellite that can deliver wireless broadband to remote parts of the state. The effort is part of a multi-billion dollar ...

Need for technicians complicates broadband efforts  Richmond-News

Efforts to extend broadband internet services to northern Wisconsin face challenges, beyond the task of installing the fiber optic and other infrastructure ...

Special Briefing: Could Apple Beat Netflix at Its Own Game?  OZY

With Apple's new focus on creating original *content*, the streaming wars are truly underway.

Chowan County needs broadband  The Daily Advance

Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Support our legislators, local electric co-ops and Gov. Roy Cooper's efforts to expand broadband coverage to the rural parts of ...

Statewide broadband bill passes out of committee  Washington State Wire

Photo: Broadband access in Washington via the FCC. A bipartisan bill that would support the expansion of broadband *service* in Washington State passed out of ...

Forget About Coal--Broadband is the Best Bet for Rural America, Writes LeClairRyan Attorney  PRNewswire

GLEN ALLEN, Va., March 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Coal will never again be king, but electric co-ops actually could help revitalize struggling rural communities ...

Gov. Wolf Continues Push for Broadband Internet  WENY-TV

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf wants to bring broadband internet to residents across the Keystone State.

Telecoms Global Market Opportunities And Strategies To 2022  PRNewswire

NEW YORK, March 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Telecoms Global Market Opportunities And Strategies To 2022 report provides the strategists, marketers and ...

SpaceX fires up hiring for team to build Starlink orbital broadband network  Thinknum Media

Last year, SpaceX launched many satellites, but two were of immense importance when it comes to broadband internet: Tintin A and Tintin B. They are test ...

DFT Communications successfully finishes broadband expansion for New NY Broadband Program Phase II Grants | News, Sports, Jobs  Evening Observer

DFT Communications Monday announced on-time completion of its New NY Broadband Program projects to expand high-speed broadband Internet *service* to ...

Indiana Broadband Over Power Lines and Having a Good Planting Plan on the HAT Friday Morning Edition  Hoosier Ag Today

Indiana Broadband Over Power Lines and Having a Good Planting Plan on the HAT Friday Morning Edition, Mar 22, 2019. HATMORN032219.mp3. Vm. Indiana ...

You're going to need pretty strong internet to run Google's Netflix-like video game service  Business Insider

Here's hoping you've got some pretty strong, stable internet speeds at home.

PUD plans internet questionnaire: Survey part of strategy to expand broadband  Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County Public Utility District officials plan to survey customers about their internet needs. Commissioners aim to help expand ...

County mayor conducting broadband survey | Local News  Crossville Chronicle

Cumberland County Mayor Allen Foster is conducting a Broadband Internet survey on the county's website and is encouraging all county residents to take part in ...

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