What is broadband?

Every page, image and video on the internet comes to your home computer or mobile device as small pieces of data, or packets. How fast these packets move on the network is measured in Megabits per second, abbreviated Mbps. Broadband technology can move those packets to and from your home much more quickly than older technologies such as dial-up used to access a modem using a telephone line. A broadband connection has two speeds: download and upload. Download speed is the speed of getting information from the internet to your computer, and upload speed is the reverse.

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1. What is broadband?
2. For broadband, how fast is fast enough?
3. What types of internet access do we have in Queen Anne’s County (QAC)?
4. What is the difference between wired and wireless internet?
5. For my current broadband connection, If I have been using the same equipment for a long time could that impact my internet speed?
6. What is QAC doing to increase/improve broadband access?
7. What grant opportunities exist?
8. Which areas of QAC are unserved and underserved?
9. Why don’t we have broadband access in certain areas?
10. Why won’t QAC allow other ISPs to “overbuild” (provide duplicate service) where Breezeline (formerly Atlantic Broadband) fiber exists?
11. Is there any way to make getting wired broadband to my home more affordable if I have a long driveway?
12. What can I do to help get broadband to my community?
13. ISPs in or near QAC:
14. Wireless ISPs in or near QAC:
15. Current or pending wired broadband infrastructure (service maps) based on permits or other available information: