The term ‘broadband’ refers to an advanced telecommunication service that developed from a need for greater amounts of information to be transmitted across the Internet. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defines broadband in terms of speed. The current standard specifies at least 25 megabits per second (Mbps) downloading and 3 Mbps uploading. In essence, broadband is a service that enables reliable, high-speed transfer of data, voice, and video over the Internet.

In the 1990s, the only option to use the Internet was through a dial-up connection using your home phone line and a modem, but the technologies have changed and evolved. As interest and as Internet applications grew, solutions were needed to meet the demands for greater data transmission.

Broadband connectivity is a foundation for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness and a better way of life. It enables entirely new industries and unlocks vast new possibilities for existing industries. Broadband is changing how we educate children, deliver health care, ensure public safety, engage government, and access, organize and disseminate knowledge in communities.