broad·band | \ˈbrȯd-ˌband \

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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Links are a critical piece in the city’s goal to bring broadband internet access to all New Yorkers, but the system’s community-first approach provides other social benefits, as well. Keith Williams, New York Times, "What are those tall kiosks that have replaced pay phones in New York?," 11 Jan. 2018 The plan would bring the state into competition with private ISPs like AT&T and CenturyLink, which have so far failed to provide broadband internet to broad swaths of Michigan's residents. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ambitious Plan Would Bring Statewide Public Broadband to Michigan," 8 May 2018 The study was part of Baltimore’s smart cities initiative, an effort to improve life in Baltimore in areas including broadband availability, traffic, air quality, public safety and economic equality. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "Free WiFi, public safety key to turning Baltimore into a 'smart city,' residents say," 12 July 2018 The Obama-era rules banned broadband providers from blocking or discriminating against particular internet content. Klint Finley, WIRED, "FCC Retracts a Plan to Discourage Consumer Complaints," 11 July 2018 Starry uses a type of extremely high-frequency radio technology to deliver broadband Internet service at speeds rivaling those from landline broadband companies such as Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications., "Starry completes a $100 million funding round," 7 July 2018 Currently Comcast sells Xfinity Instant TV with 10-plus channels including local ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS and other channels — plus broadband service — for $39.99 monthly. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "More Netflix rivals are about to launch thanks to the AT&T-Time Warner merger," 15 June 2018 Commercial geostationary satellite operators also have started to hedge their bets by entering the market for smaller, largely broadband satellites. Samantha Masunaga,, "Southern California suppliers learn to adjust to slowdown in satellite orders," 23 May 2018 Chattanooga built its own municipal broadband service and subsequently experienced an economic boom. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "A Public Option for the Internet," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of broadband

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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