Terminate at service provider POP Internet transport

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Internet access is moving from dialup modems and slow connections to broadband access, using a variety of technologies. The technology takes advantage of existing telephone and cable television distribution infrastructures to provide broadband access to the Internet. While there is no universal definition of broadband, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers advanced telecom or high speed to be defined as 200 kbps or greater. Generally, a speed of 128 kbps is adequate for most users. Broadband can allow remote office staff and small office, home office (SOHO) users to connect to the central site at higher data rates than are available with traditional on-demand technologies.

High-speed broadband access to the Internet through a broadband point of presence (POP) and then to corporate networks using secure Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) is a reality for many users in the networked world today. This broadband access has the potential to directly improve employee productivity and to provide a foundation for new voice and video business services over the Internet.

Many corporations and educational institutions have instituted broadband solutions for access by suppliers, customers, and staff. The use of the Internet for secure site-to-site connectivity using VPNs is increasing, especially for less critical traffic.

Broadband access options, in addition to the legacy dedicated circuit-switching and packet-switching technologies, include digital subscriber line (DSL) and cable modems. The most common problem in offering these broadband services to remote users is the lack of coverage because of infrastructure deficiencies.

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