Sending and receiving large files quickly is probably the most striking benefit for home/office broadband users. Although it's difficult to pin an exact increase in speed on file downloads, depending on their location and your PC's activity, file sending and receiving can be up to 40 times quicker. I recently downloaded a 4Mb file in 90 seconds, whereas on a standard 56Kbps modem I would have expected this to take between 10 and 15 minutes. To see examples of the speed difference visit http://www.btopenworld.com/broadband/flash/speed_demo Although broadband allows you to send and receive files at any time due to its always-on connection, you can also use the constant connection to schedule file uploads and downloads when your PC is idle or when it's most convenient to connect to your office network. You can do this by using popular FTP (file transfer protocol) software such as AutoFTP Professional 3.7 available from www.download.com The advantages aren't only noticeable when downloading files. Many streaming services work more efficiently on broadband. Buffering and signal interruptions are reduced giving a clearer signal and better quality audio and video for radio stations and video news.

Broadband users can save time and money. If you pay by the minute to connect to the Internet, savings of up to 40% can be made. Assuming a standard 512Kbps broadband connection, Internet access is at least ten times quicker than dial-up.