It530 - Unit 2 - Access Technologies

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Unit 2 Assignment - Access Technologies

Kaplan University

IT530

Abstract

Access technologies are technologies used by customers to access the Internet. Access technologies include but are not limited to DSL, Cable, and Satellite Internet services. Each of these are widely used in rural and city residential settings. Each technology has its advantages as well as disadvantages; some of which include cost, data download speeds, upload speeds, and availability. To determine which access technology is best a person must research each option and decide based not only on cost but also on need.

The Internet

Over the last decade or so the Internet has gone from a luxury to a common household item. According to Internet World Stats (2011), between the years 2000 and 2010 the number of Internet users in the U.S. nearly doubled from 124,000,000 user to 239,893,600 users.

This is likely due, in part, to the numerous types of Internet services or access technologies being made available to users in all areas. Three of the most popular access technologies are: DSL, Cable, and Satellite. Each of these access technologies provides Internet service, via an Internet Service Provider (ISP), to urban and suburban residential communities.

Each of these access technologies has advantages as well as disadvantages over the other. Determining the best access technology may take a bit of research and consideration. Some considerations include accessibility, cost, need, and upload/download speeds. When considering accessibility one must understand that not all technologies are available in all areas. When considering cost, not all technologies offer the same types of plans for the same prices. When considering need, one must determine what type of use the access will be used for. As far as…...

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