broad·​band | \ ˈbrȯd-ˌband How to pronounce broadband (audio) \

Definition of broadband

1 : operating at, responsive to, or comprising a wide band of frequencies a broadband radio antenna
2 : of, relating to, or being a high-speed communications network and especially one in which a frequency range is divided into multiple independent channels for simultaneous transmission of signals (such as voice, data, or video)

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broadband noun

Examples of broadband in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the proposal also wants to evaluate services like food trucks, broadband internet service and overnight tent rentals in campsites. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Senior discounts at national parks may be on the chopping block," 6 Nov. 2019 The party has also promised to part-privatize telecoms provider BT and bring free broadband internet access to every home and business in Britain. NBC News, "Britain's Labour promises radical change if it wins election," 21 Nov. 2019 Starlink plans to launch 12,000 satellites into low-earth orbit to provide global broadband Internet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Wants the U.S. Army To Use Its Starship Rockets," 21 Oct. 2019 Its initiatives will include expanding broadband internet access in rural areas, building labs near universities to focus on clean energy technology, and giving startups access to the state’s tax credit for research and development. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Here’s Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s five-year plan to revitalize Illinois’ economy," 10 Oct. 2019 The only artificial structure in view was the relay tower that brings broadband internet to Los Amigos from Puerto Maldonado. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "The Bird Angle," 28 Oct. 2019 The rules had prohibited broadband internet providers like Comcast and AT&T from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content. David Mccabe, New York Times, "Court Upholds Net Neutrality Repeal, With Some Caveats," 1 Oct. 2019 To address these issues, the plan proposes expanded access to telehealth by increasing rural broadband internet across the country and doubling funding for the Federal Communication Commission's Rural Health Care Program. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Dems split on calling Trump a white supremacist," 9 Aug. 2019 All call for billions of dollars in investment to rural communities, including agriculture and increasing broadband access. Seth A. Richardson,, "Trump visits Dayton as gun debate rages on in Midwest: The Flyover," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of broadband

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of broadband was in 1929

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10 Dec 2019

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“Broadband.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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broad·​band | \ ˈbrȯd-ˌband \

Kids Definition of broadband

: a high-speed electronic network that carries more than one type of communication (as Internet and cable television signals)

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