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Type of Internet Connection (NEDD)

For the 2011 Census, as with 2006, the internet question relates to the dwelling rather than to the person. The question asks, 'Can the Internet be accessed at this dwelling?' In 2006, where a dwelling had more than one type of internet connection, respondents were asked to report the higher type. For 2011, this instruction has changed and respondents are asked to report the most frequently used type. Only one type is recorded.

The question also asks for the type of connection. The options include:
  • 'Broadband connection', this includes, ADSL, Cable, Wireless, Satellite, Fibre, and Mobile connections;
  • 'Dial-up connection', this includes analog modem and ISDN connections; and
  • 'Other', this includes Internet access through mobile phones, etc.

Dial-up internet connections access the internet via a modem and dial-up software utilising the existing telephone network. The access speed for this internet connection is less than 256Kbps. Dial-up connections include: Analog modem and ISDN connections.

Broadband is a connection to the internet which provides much faster access speeds (greater than or equal to 256Kbps) and is always on. Broadband connections include: ADSL; Cable; Wireless; Satellite; Fibre; and Mobile connections.

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