General term referring to internet connections that are faster than those using a dial-up telephone modem. i.e. receiving (download) much faster than 56 kb/s and transmitting (upload) faster than 28 kb/s. Broadband connects subscribers to the internet via DSL or ADSL over the original copper telephone lines. Cable services can offer higher data rates, especially those using fiber-optic cable to the home (FTTH). Generally broadband speeds are capable of carrying real-time video to homes, except in the evenings, when everyone else is trying to do the same!

See also: ADSL