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Broadband - an explanation

(1) Data transmission technique allowing multiple high-speed signals to share bandwidth of single cable via frequency division multiplexing. (2) Service or system requiring transmission channels capable of supporting rates greater than Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) primary rate.Broadband refers to high speed Internet or network connections, connecting a location to either the Internet or other locations. Under the Federal Communications Commissions' definition, "broadband" means 200 kb/s or faster in both directions. Many libraries in Michigan already have broadband connections. Broadband is available from a number of different technologies.

Broadband services (regardless of the technology used to deliver them) are clearly the wave of the future. Library users are increasingly coming to expect high speed access to the Internet, online catalogs, and other library resources. The high speed connections also help entice users to come back to libraries, giving library staff the opportunity to make users aware of the multitude of services available to the public in virtually every library. In order to meet and exceed users' expectations, libraries should thoroughly investigate the broadband service options available.