Broadband: A transmission facility having a bandwidth sufficient to carry multiple voice, video or data channels simultaneously
That definition isn't the end all be all. Afterall, not that long ago, Diamond was selling software that used Dual Modems. It could carry multiple data channels simultaneously. That CLEARLY isn't broadband. The FCC considers Broadband to be any connection that meets or exceeds 200kbps in both directions. Clearly ISDN BRI does not meet that standard. Also, if you've ever used an ISDN BRI connection you wouldn't think it was Broadband either. Certainly better than a dialup, but the best download rate you can get is about 13-14k/sec. That's only about 2.3 times the speed of a 56k Dialup.
As I noted in my original post, there are varying definitions depending on who you talk to. Most will agree that it's only at somewhere north of 200kbits that you're into Broadband access as related to the internet.
posted on 12/13/2004 12:08:00 PM PST
I think the technical definition of Broadband is having the ability to transmit and receive data simultaneously.
Whereas the opposite is Baseband, which is send or receive only. Same as Full and Half Duplex I think....I could be very wrong though.
posted on 12/13/2004 12:44:12 PM PST
First - I use ISDN BRI, I am fully aware of its limitations and have never called it Broadband.
Second - I am not sure why you would use the FCC as your definition of Broadband. You do realize that the Government is not the most reliable source of scientific information?
Third - this is the definition the FCC has on its web-site:
"Broadband refers most commonly to a new generation of high-speed transmission services, which allows users to access the Internet and Internet-related services at significantly higher speeds than traditional modems. It has the potential technical capability to meet consumers broad communication, entertainment, information, and commercial needs and desires.
Are There Different Types of Broadband?
There are several types of broadband services:
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
Fourth - I have and used a MLPPP router for a year (WebRamp dual modem router, not the software version). It utilizes two bonded Analog data channels. I guess it could carry multiple data channels simultaneously, if you mean TWO data channels on two separate analog connections. But then that does not meet the definition I gave of Broadband anyway.
There are varying definitions depending what uninformed person your talking too. But I gave the industry standard answer (the one a student must give to pass any exam).
posted on 12/13/2004 8:29:58 PM PST
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