As you shop for last minute Christmas presents this year, allow me to point out the differences between three types of "broadband internet" available almost everywhere around the country.
FIOS stands for Fiber Optic Service. As the name implies, a fiber optic data line is run into your home which can provide everything from 200+ channels of digital television to high speed internet service. Rates vary but FIos is really the fastest broadband internet I know of for residential use anywhere in the country.
The next fastest broadband is provided through Cable TV companies like Optimum Online. That's who I use. A cable TV coax is run into your home and it can give you 200+ channels of cable TV and /or high speed internet service. My service is called Optimum BOOST which is their fastest offering. I get download speeds of about 25 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 5 Mbps. I'm very happy with this service and I recommend it.
Next on the list of "broadband" is DSL. It comes into your home on the same line as your telephone but operates on different "frequencies" on the line so you cannot hear it.
All of the options above are at least ten times faster than standard "dial-up" service which means your files upload and download very much faster. All-in-all, a much more pleasant and reliable form of internet connection than Dial-up.
Just thought you'd like to know.