Why Broadband is Important

By Naima Wolfe, Hammond High, 11th Grade

The term “broadband” refers to high-speed internet access that is always on. Broadband differs from dial-up internet service because it provides a higher speed for data transmission, it offers access to the highest quality internet services, and it is constant. There are several different kinds of broadband internet that all do roughly the same thing, but each one depends on where you are located. The six different kinds are digital subscriber line (DSL), cable modem, fibre, wireless, satellite, and broadband over powerlines (BPL). While each has a different setup, the one thing they all have in common is the fact that they all accomplish the same thing.

In the 21st century, technology is all around us. Most kids grow up learning how to use it and because of the pandemic, it’s become a worldwide necessity. Broadband is important because it can improve the way we work, learn, and live. Affordable high-speed internet is becoming an essential infrastructure, especially in America. For households, better broadband provides opportunities beyond entertainment. Since the pandemic started students have been taking their classes online. And proper internet service allows them to access all of their school work with ease. They can also join high-quality video calls with their teachers and classmates, so they can try to recreate their old school environment. Being able to join video calls enables students to leave their normal school environment and talk to people from across the globe.

To conclude, since the pandemic broadband internet has become somewhat of an essential service to have. There are many different kinds of broadband, but they all tend to do the same thing. Since having high-speed internet has become so important for children during the pandemic, some of their schools paid for and installed a router in their house. In the end, people need greater awareness about broadband.

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