The term "broadband" refers to a high-speed, always-on connection to the Internet. The primary factors that people consider when deciding what type of
broadband Internet service to subscribe to include Service Type, Connection Speed, Service Availability, and Price. The information below provides an overview of
the first three of these factors, as well as some tips about getting around the New York State Broadband Availability Map (NYS Map). If you are interested in
obtaining pricing information, please contact the companies that provide service in your area directly (you can find a listing of the companies that serve your
area by using the NYS Map).
The NYS Map reflects broadband availability data obtained from broadband providers and represents availability that can reasonably be expected within 7-10 days of request from the broadband provider. The vintage of this data and planned updates are described more on the "In Depth" page.
For additional introductory broadband information, refer to the Federal Communications Commission's
Broadband Brochure. Topics include: What is Broadband? Why is it important? How can I get it?
Broadband Internet service can be delivered to your home or business through a variety of methods, which are described in brief below:
- Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) – Provided through copper phone lines and a DSL modem. Allows the Internet and phone to be used simultaneously.
- Asymmetrical: Offers faster speeds for downloading than uploading.
- Symmetrical: Offers equal speeds for downloading and uploading.
- Cable Modem – Provided through the coaxial cables that deliver cable television access and a cable modem. Allows the Internet and cable television to be used simultaneously.
- Other Copper Wireline – All copper-wire based technologies other than DSL and Cable Modem (examples include T1 and Ethernet over copper).
- Fiber to the Home or Business – Provided through fiber optic technology.
- Fixed – Provided through radio waves to a specific location.
- Mobile – Typically requires a wireless card that is used with a laptop.
- Provided through satellites. In some remote areas, this is the only access to broadband service.
Speed TestTo test your computer's broadband connection speed, take the NYS Speed Test. Please keep in mind that a variety of factors can affect the speed of your connection, including the service package that you selected through your provider, the amount of Internet traffic at the time you are online, and the quality of your computer equipment. If you have questions about the results of your speed test, please talk with your provider about possible factors and solutions. For more information see Speed Test Considerations on the "In Depth" page.
On our map, service availability indicates that at least one company offers broadband service to at least one address within the selected census block or street
segment. If you are interested in knowing whether service is available at a particular address, please check with the providers in your area (see
The NYS Map for more information).
Our map reflects availability at two levels:
Here are a few examples of census blocks:
If service is available to at least one address on a census block, our map will display the block as having broadband availability:
For information about getting around the NYS Map, please refer to Map Navigation Tips.
Broadband's "always on" connection offers greater Internet speed, but it also poses increased risk to your computer. Because your Internet connection is always
active when the computer is on, it is quite likely that someone will try to access your computer through the Internet without your knowledge or approval. This
risk can be greatly reduced through proper security. For more information:
Internet Safety Tips