Cable Broadband Explained

As a step up from dial-up Internet access, cable broadband is technology that opens the door to a higher speed connection to the Web which makes it possible to stream video, download music, or play games online.  Broadband allows large amounts of data to be rapidly transmitted along fiber optic cables that have higher bandwidth.

Cable broadband is delivered through such fiber optic cables, and users do not have to endure long delays while graphic intensive Web pages painfully load in their browsers.  Be it data, music or video downloads, files which took hours to download could now be accessed in a matter of minutes.

Cable broadband Internet access has truly transformed the world of digital connectivity.  It spawned an entire new generation of Internet users, encouraging online shopping and data consumption in a manner hitherto impossible with snail-paced dial-up access.

Who Offers Cable Broadband?

Many countries have established broadband service providers who offer cable broadband to home users.  As one of the options for broadband delivery, cable broadband ranks above mobile broadband in data transfer speed.  Mobile broadband is however preferred by users to whom mobility is important, and they treasure the ability to take their Internet connection along as they travel – a facility which cable broadband cannot provide.

If you are looking for a provider who can deliver cable broadband to your home, there are multiple directories which list service providers by area and location.  You simply have to type in your postal code (zip code) into a box, and you’ll get a listing of ISPs in your geographical area.  Often these sites will also provide you with details of the packages on offer.

How Much Does Cable Broadband Cost?

Cable broadband comes in different packages, based on connection speed, data transfer limits and other bundled services.  As connection speed increases, the price charged for cable broadband will go up.  Download speeds are quoted in megabytes per second (Mbps) and most cable broadband providers will offer speeds of 4 to 8 Mbps.

Unlimited data transfer plans are typically more expensive than limited plans.  But choosing a limited plan if you are a heavy user can be false economy.  This is because you will be charged exorbitantly higher rates for any excess volume of data transferred beyond your plan’s limit.

Cable broadband can also transmit digital TV through the same wires.  Some cable broadband providers will bundle it as an accessory service to Internet access, and charge a higher price for these bundles.  If you are anyway planning on getting digital TV, the rate of these combo packages might be cheaper than buying each separately.

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How To Get Cable Broadband?

The first step is to identify service providers in your area, and contact them for details about the packages they offer and pricing.  When you sign up for a service, the engineers from your broadband company will install a connection, placing a router in your building which can be hooked up to your computer or mobile device.  Once the service is activated, your cable broadband is permanently on and you can surf the Web at high speeds at any time of the day or night.

Sam Jones, the author, has been looking into business broadband deals and the various types of options available.

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