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Tune in for Faster Internet Access Cable modems Take Advantage of existing infrastructure To offer blazing speed Cable modems were first introduced in 1995 but the technology didnt pick up until 1998 and 1999 when television cable companies began installing the necessary equipment to support Internet access The article described a cable modem as a two-way communication device that uses broadband networks of your local cable company The comparison from Cable modems to the original dial-up modems is practically laughable With speeds of about 100 times faster than present 56Kbps internet users can now access interactive entertainment services download huge files in a relative short period of time an even watch full length motion pictures right off the world wide web Also with a cable modem your always connected to the internet so there is no dial-up no logging in no disconnection because of inactivity no busy signals and a cable modem does not tie up your phone line A cable modem is connect to same line that carries cable television into your home By the end of February 2000 there were more than 27 million cable modem users About 2 million of those users were in the United States and that number is expected to rise to 159 million by 2003 With all the new customers using the phenomenal speed of a cable modem its easy to see that people are looking for quicker means to access the Internet And the cable modems offer people just that With transfer rates ranging between 500kps to 3Mbps it seems that users are getting their need for speed with cable modems The technology behind cable modems is based on signals between the cable operator and the Users computer The cable company must install a Cable Modem Termination System CMTS which allows people to connect to the internet when it receives a signal from an Internet
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