What these results mean
The table above shows what types of broadband are available in your zip code area, and gives estimated download speeds for each type as well as to what percentage of properties in the area it is available.
If you have a green tick for a type of broadband then it should be available to some or all of the properties in your area, a red cross means this type of broadband is not available in your area (though you can sign up to be notified when your area is enabled for faster broadband by filling in the form above).
Cable internet broadband is supplied using the same cables and wires as your cable TV service. Cable broadband speeds vary by supplier and location, but can be among some of the fastest available.
Fiber broadband is supplied to your property using dedicated fiber optic cables. This provides for the fastest available broadband speeds if you pay for the fastest packages. You can also choose cheaper fiber packages that give lower download speeds.
5G Internet broadband comes via your supplier's 5G cell network. This means there is no physical wiring to your property. 5G broadband isn’t the very fastest broadband available, but it is extremely quick to get up and running and is also mobile so you won’t have to be tied to one location if you don’t need to.
DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) broadband is now an older, but still very capable broadband technology. It is provided down copper telephone lines. It doesn’t have the fastest speeds, it’s considered quite slow by modern standards, but in some locations, it may be the only broadband type available.
IPBB stands for Internet Protocol BroadBand and is a term used by AT&T to describe their newer DSL based services such as ADSL2+, VDSL2 and other similar services. Like DSL these mostly use your phone line to deliver broadband but have more advanced technologies behind them to offer higher speeds than standard DSL.
Satellite broadband's greatest strength is universal availability, as long as you have room for a satellite dish you can get access, so it’s great for remote areas. The downside is that its speeds aren’t the fastest when compared to cable and fiber. Additionally, it suffers from slower response times (known as ping or lag) as the signal has to go from satellite dish to satellite to base station and back. Newer satellite services that use clusters of satellites rather than a single satellite are overcoming some of these drawbacks.
Fixed Wireless broadband is delivered to your property via a wireless signal from a nearby wireless transmitter. This means there are no cables to your property, all you need is a small wireless aerial or receiver that your supplier will provide. As it needs no cabling it’s quick and easy for wireless providers to set up. Speeds are generally good, but not as good as Fiber or Cable in most instances.