Broadband in Australia - THE guide
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A Little Internet History

In the beginning, everyone used their phone line and a modem to connect to the Internet. While the computer was using the line, it couldn’t be used for voice calls.
As Internet use became more widespread, people wanted to be connected to the Internet more often and for longer periods. Initially this meant that people would lease a second phone line and dedicate it to use for their PC. But of course this added cost, and it was still capable of a max speed of only about 56Kb/s(kilo bits per second) - so it was slow.
As the Internet became more graphical and colourful and with the introduction of video and on-line TV, dial up connections started to feel very slow. (max 56Kb/sec)
So companies started to offer “broad-band” connections.
The term broad-band, comes from the concept of bandwidth. Bandwidth refers to the amount of data you can send through an electronic cable. Think of a electronic cable, as if it was a hose, and the data was the water. A skinny household hose can deliver, say... 6 litres of water a minute. A fireman’s hose can deliver thousands of litres a minute. Data works the same way - the bigger the hose, the more data you can jam through it in the same period of time. So bandwidth is measure of the size of the electronic pipe, and is measured in kilo-bits per second. Or Kb/sec.
So a broad-band connection is a wide (broad) pipe.
Initial broad-band connections were 256KB/s - this was considered fast, but as the technology evolved, faster and faster speeds became possible. Speeds of up to 6000Kb/sec are now possible from home.

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