The FCC Broadband speed guide describes the minimum download speed needed for adequate performance for the following activites:
768 Kbps: Email, Job searching, short videos, Internet gaming
1.5 Mbps: Streaming movies, basic video conferencing
4 Mbps: Streaming HD quality movies, HD video conferencing, 2-way HD gaming
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology transmits data over copper telephone lines. Users can connect to high-speed Internet via a modem without disrupting their telephone service. DSL is the most commonly used technology by local phone companies to provide high-speed data services. Download speed is typically faster than upload speed, so it may be faster to download a webpage or media than it would be to upload this information.
Symmetric DSL is intended to provide equal speed for sending and receiving data. This arrangement is standard for businesses that move large files among various users and between multiple sources.
Other Copper Wireline
These are other technologies that use phone lines to transmit data. Examples include T-1 and ISDN lines.
Cable Modem - DOCSIS 3.0
Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications is the current standard for cable modems and offers faster broadband service than older cable standards. High-speed Internet is accessed through cable TV infrastructure without disrupting TV service.
Cable Modem - Other
This refers to cable modems which utilize versions of DOCSIS other than the current standard DOCSIS 3.0. High-speed Internet is accessed through cable TV infrastructure without disrupting TV service.
Optical Carrier - Fiber to the End User
This is a fiber-optic-based broadband network. Fiber technology converts electrical signals carrying data into light, which is then sent through transparent glass fibers about the diameter of a human hair. Fiber transmits data at speeds surpassing any other broadband technology.
Broadband denotes Internet speeds equal to or above 768 kbps download and 200 kbps upload.
Terrestrial Fixed Wireless
Fixed wireless generally consists of a pair of digital radio transmitters placed on rooftops -
one at the provider's central location and the other at the customer's location.
Terrestrial Mobile Wireless
The technology used by cellular providers.
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