A broadband Internet connection is a shared network, amongst many different users in an area, sharing a common larger connection. Unlike dedicated Internet service, the amount of bandwidth offered is only up to the maximum available or package speed. There are no guarantees on what speed you actually get or the quality of the connection. Speed is determined by the ISP’s network traffic and congestion, which can vary greatly depending on the location or time of day. It is not uncommon for users to find that their Internet is slower during the day and operating great late at night. The bandwidth speed tends to be unpredictable and performance varies widely, which can cause issues with applications, as well as frustrated users. This lack of predictable performance and reliability is the main difference between dedicated Internet vs broadband service. Here are the typical broadband Internet connection types:
- Shared Fiber – Branded as AT&T Business Fiber, Verizon Fios, Frontier Fios, Centurylink Fiber+
Bandwidth speeds for broadband are asymmetrical, which is great for downloads, but terrible for upload speeds. The upload speed is what most businesses require in order to push data out to applications and users. Also, availability of broadband service can vary greatly based on the location, distance from network equipment, and available providers. Outside of lower service costs, buyers should carefully consider these issues and how a lack of performance or uptime could affect their business.