Compared to dial up and other limited internet access methods, broadband has an enormous range of benefits. Which broadband advantages are seen by each individual user depends on their personal circumstances, but in general some ideas are central and experienced by everyone.
First and foremost, the main advantage most people cite is that whilst online on a broadband connection, the phone can still be used. Whereas previously dial up internet monopolised the phone line and prevented any incoming or outgoing communications, broadband ‘splits’ the line and does not have this consequence. It forces the telephone and the internet to operate on separate line systems, so there is no interference between the two and the phone does not register as ‘engaged’ for the duration of the internet session. Not only does this mean that information can be browsed whilst discussing options with a friend or family member at the same time, for businesses it means that important work can be performed without missing communications from clients.
It also means that it is possible to stay connected at all times, with emails automatically arriving rather than requiring a specific login, dial and connection in order to update the inbox. Plus, with a monthly payment plan and a clearly defined usage limit (or indeed no limit, with ‘truly unlimited’ options) there are no excess bills at the end of a month and no need to worry about disconnecting to save money.
Broadband connections facilitate much quicker downloads than older methods of accessing the internet. A straight comparison between dial up speed and broadband shows there is no contest. Newer broadband technologies like fibre and cable make it faster yet, though these are not readily accessible in all areas of the country. Still, broadband makes it easy to download music or films and even to stream them directly from a website in real time. For entertainment purposes, this is ideal. Catch up television services use the internet, as do a range of movie streaming options. Faster connections means a more reliable service with these secondary companies.
Whereas some people use the internet for entertainment and pleasure, others use it as an essential tool for organisation and life management. Online banking and shopping are incredibly popular, and with a proper broadband connection these are practically effortless. The internet is facilitating life management on an unprecedented scale, from organisational emails between friends and colleagues, to the fast transfer of important files between home and work or even looking for jobs and homes in the first place.