Quick Guide:Broadband
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What is it?

How does it work?

Broadband and dial-up compared

Applications

Wider competition

The future

Broadband and dial-up compared
The fall in broadband costs helped it achieve a market breakthrough

The two big advantages of broadband over dial-up are that it frees up the telephone line for voice calls and can be left on permanently.

It still requires a modem, which is paid for when you sign up.

Broadband finally became regarded as a "mass market" product in the UK in 2004 when prices fell below 20 a month for the 512k version.

And the gap between charges for broadband and dial-up services is continuing to narrow.