If you are connected through your cable provider, is that the equivalent of broadband, or is it something else? (Yes, I know, I am a complete ninny when it comes to the terminology.)
Yes, cable is considered broadband. ;-)
The Cable that's now deploying across northern New Jersey is 6mbit Download, I'm unsure on the upload. I have friends who have it and it's blazing fast for grabbing large files, like movie clips or music, whatever. I live where I only can get DSL, but I have 1mbit up/down, which numerically seems alot smaller, but it only matters if you download large files, often. Browsing the internet is essentially the same once you cross the Broadband Threshhold. There difference between any broadband connection and dialup is lightyears apart. From the slowest to the fastest broadband is hardly anything, again, unless you tend to download large files often.
There's the long version :).
It's not the equivalent of broadband, it is broadband. :)
Cable, DSL, a Local Area Network, or if your lucky to have a direct connection to the internet itself (your own ISP) they're are all broadband connections. :)