Every minute of every day more than 650,000 status updates are shared by Facebook users, 48 hours of video are uploaded by YouTube users and almost 205 million emails are sent around the world.*
The demand for Internet access is increasing exponentially which has fueled the rapid growth of broadband technologies. But what does the term broadband mean?
Broadband refers to high-speed Internet access. It facilitates the flow of information at a much higher speed than previous generation technologies such as dial-up – allowing the user to do more online.
According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), broadband includes several high-speed transmission technologies such as:
- Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
- Cable Modem
- Broadband over Powerlines (BPL)
The type of broadband you have determines the minimum speed in which your connection will transfer information. Different technologies provide different transfer speeds known as bandwidth. Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be sent to you in seconds – megabits per second (Mbps). The higher your connection rate (Mbps) is, the more data you can consume at one time.
Fiber optic technology is superior to DSL or cable modem speeds as it transmits data at much higher rates, typically by tens or even hundreds of Mbps. However, fiber optic technology is not as readily available as cable or DSL, particularly in non-urban markets.
Dobson Technologies owns and operates a network of over 2,500 miles of fiber optic technology across the state of Oklahoma. Our goal is to connect non-urban markets to state-of-the-art broadband technologies to meet the increasing bandwidth demands.
“There has been an explosion in data,” says Frank Franzese, President of Information Technology, Transport and Telecom Solutions. “Massive amounts of data are moving all the time. It’s a trend that we anticipate continuing to grow. People are going to connect more devices, continue to use more data and stream more content.”
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