Broadband is the name given to fast access connection to the internet as opposed to the notoriously slow dial up connections that most homes used to use. Read more...>
Using Broadband Choices* you can compare the latest and best broadband deals while researching broadband providers, all in one place.
A few notes to help you with your broadband comparison:
If you choose a 'broadband only' package, the supplier with provide you with just your broadband connection.
However, you could save money by going for a broadband, TV and phone 'bundle' with one supplier as the services are usually discounted for being bought together. Plus, you will only have one bill and a set monthly fee (obviously, you will be charged extra for any services you use that aren't included in the bundle, such as international calls and pay-per-view TV events).
If you are looking for broadband on the move (i.e. using the internet on your netbook or laptop while commuting), or a solution for your home that doesn't involve a fixed landline, you may want to click on the 'Mobile broadband' option to compare the options available to you.
Dial up connections are extremely restrictive in terms of access speed and download capability and made internet usage a frustrating experience. Broadband is always on and doesn't need the dial up. The massive uptake of broadband has allowed home users to take full advantage of the internet including downloads of sound files and video as well as interactive online gaming.
Broadband not only allows standard telephone calls to be made while the user is on the internet, the broadband connection itself can be used to make telephone calls which gives it a whole range of cost saving possibilities. It's also possible to use a broadband connection to access digital television.
Although it is possible to have special fibre optic cables supply broadband most home users will use the BT phone network of cables via a method called ADSL unless they already have cable access in their area.