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Broadband Internet access, often just called broadband, refers to the ongoing signals used to access the Internet. Compared to dial-up, broadband is often called high-speed Internet. Broadband may be more expensive than dial-up, but there are plenty of advantages that will make your Internet experience better and more enjoyable, making it worth the extra cost.
The most well known difference between broadband and dial-up connections is that broadband acts much faster, delivering information as much as 100 times faster. This means that you can use your time online more efficiently because you can get more done in the same amount of time without waiting for several minutes for a page to load. Accessing your email, social network, or doing research is done much faster with broadband.
Another advantage to broadband is that it doesn’t connect to the phone. When using dial-up, you generally cannot use the phone at the same time you are connected to the Internet, but with broadband you can use them simultaneously without either one getting in the way of the other. You also do not have to pay for a second telephone line; some people will do this so they can use the phone and Internet at the same time.
With broadband, you can easily stream video and load pictures. It can take a long time to load images and video while using dial-up to the point where you can’t even load it. Broadband allows you to load various file sizes and will load them much faster than dial-up will.