The three predominant types of Internet and voice connectivity are broadband, T1, and Ethernet. Here is a breakdown of each:

Broadband Internet Access

Broadband is a high-speed connection that transmits and receives data at a rate of 256 Kbps, or more, and allows for a continuous connection to the internet.

Its high-speed connection allows for simultaneous downloads to complete quickly, streaming media to come through uninterrupted, and pages to load almost immediately.


A T1 circuit is a dedicated point-to-point line from your business’ network to the telephone company’s central office and then to the internet service provider. This is often a good option for small to medium-sized businesses needing broadband internet services for twenty to fifty people.

T1s provide the same type of reliable, always on internet access as other types of broadband, but with fewer lost connections.


For businesses needing higher bandwidth capacity, the Ethernet is a great option. It’s a network protocol that controls how data is transmitted over a local area network (LAN).

LAN technology is the most widely installed as it covers small areas such as rooms and offices. However, with the expansion of Ethernet into the carrier world, companies with multiple locations, great distances apart, can now connect easily too.

In contrast to the LAN, a wide area network (WAN) spans much larger geographical areas.