What Kind of Broadband User are You?

Broadband is a dependable, always-connected high-speed connection that can change how you access and use the internet. What will you do with broadband?

Movie Buff

Can you quote all of your favorite movies by heart? Are you glued to the TV for the latest episodes of your shows?

Broadband makes it easier and faster than ever to stream your favorite shows with higher download speeds, which means how fast your computer can receive information from the internet. Higher download speeds eliminate buffering delays and ensure higher audio and visual clarity.

With broadband, you can binge entire shows at once with Amazon Prime TV and HBOGo, or use Sling TV and your cable package to stream live and on-demand episodes of shows currently on air. Smart TVs allow you to use Apple TV or Netflix directly on your device, so all of your friends and family can gather around on movie night. Higher download speeds give you crisper resolution and the full edge-of-your seat effect of 4K and HD video.

Music Lover

Are you famous for singing in the shower? Do you make playlists for every occasion?

Higher download speeds also improve the quality of streaming audio from the internet. Online subscription services, like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora Radio, and Tidal offer unlimited access to your favorite songs with a monthly fee. You can curate special playlists for studying, working out, or just hanging out at home. Broadband also boosts the speed and quality of downloading audiobooks on services that run through your library, like Overdrive, Libby, or Hoopla, so you can take your favorite crime thriller on the go. Without lag, you can get the most out of your podcast, and download them quickly onto your device.

Streaming services like music and video can put higher “demands” on a system and take up more bandwidth; if your family or household wants to watch video on multiple devices at a time, choose higher download speeds to ensure smooth sailing.

Social Media Influencer

Are you always checking your Facebook for updates? Can you Tweet faster than the speed of light?

Social media is becoming an essential part of building and maintaining social relationships. Broadband access at home makes it easier and faster to view Instagram posts, Snapchats, and other multimedia content. Video chat programs, like Skype and Google Hangouts, make it feel like you’re in the same room as your loved ones, even if they’re miles away. Broadband and its faster, more reliable speeds get rid of the lag, makes sure the video and audio line up, and give you a crisp, high-definition video connection. 

Online Gamer

Have you pulled all-nighters to beat a video game? Are you a maybe little competitive?

Broadband keeps you in the game with more dependable access to the internet. In addition to the fast download speeds needed for streaming, gaming also requires high upload speeds, or how fast your device can send information to the internet. Broadband can eliminate lag so your players react as close as possible to real time.

With massive multiplayer online games, or MMOs, you’re not the only one who suffers when your computer lags. To make sure you always have your teammates’ backs, you need a swift, responsive internet connection. The same is true for first-person shooter games, where a quick reaction time can save your player’s life. By getting the ping rate, or the amount of time it takes to send data to the internet and back again, as close to instant as possible, you can improve your reaction time and move quickly through your online worlds.

Broadband allows you to download games and updates from the internet faster. It also opens up new possibility for connectivity and gameplay. In-game communication apps allow players to talk to each other in real time through Mumble, Ventrilo, or TeamSpeak. Often mobile-based, these apps can increase the amount of bandwidth needed. Twitch, a tool that allows you to record yourself while gaming, can also increase your need for speed; when timing is everything, broadband and higher internet speeds can help you stay in the game.

Head of the House

Do you have a lot of roommates or family members who all need to get online at once? Are you a compulsive multitasker?

More devices connected to the internet at once can eat up bandwidth and slow down the system; broadband can ensure that your son stays connected to the internet in his room while you watch Netflix in the den. Speed isn’t affected by the number of devices you have, only by the number you want to connect at once: if you want to use your DVR while on the computer, for example, higher download speeds will keep your connection running smoothly.