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Broadband & Home Networks

Jennifer H. Meadows, Ph.D.*

Think of all the things people enjoy doing on the Internet: playing games, watching videos, trading photographs, talking on the phone, and surfing the Web. Think of how we use the Internet everyday: work, commerce, entertainment, etc. A speedy Internet connection allows these activities to operate smoothly, have more complexity and features, and just be more enjoyable. A broadband network allows Internet uses to access services and content over the Internet at fast speeds. What does it mean to have “broadband?” The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defined broadband as a network with speeds over 200 Kb/s (kilobits per second) until March 2008, when they finally changed the definition ...

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