from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The numerical difference between the upper and lower frequencies of a band of electromagnetic radiation, especially an assigned range of radio frequencies.
- n. The amount of data that can be passed along a communications channel in a given period of time.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The width, usually measured in hertz, of a frequency band.
- n. Of a signal, the width of the smallest frequency band within which the signal can fit
- n. The rate of data flow in digital networks typically measured in bits per second
- n. The capacity, energy or time required
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The maximum rate of information transfer (measured in bits/second) that can be carried by a communication channel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a data transmission rate; the maximum amount of information (bits/second) that can be transmitted along a channel
This is because the term bandwidth is propaganda aimed towards stretching the painful process of a company with technological and consumer preferences grossly outdated.
I loved the late Robert Anton Wilson's use of the term "reality tunnel" and am a big believer that we are all programmed into one or another worldview, but that continual deliberate exposure to ideas outside your bandwidth is the best counter agent against this there is.
Your paying for this bandwidth is the least of their concerns, profitability is all that counts.
With satellite Internet the bandwidth is asynchronous – the download is much higher than the upload.
Try video - where both latency and bandwidth matter - or VOIP where the bandwidth is a measly 64Kbps but where latency matters.
The term bandwidth, in my experience which is similar to Bleier’s, has many different meanings; in my company, it means the range of products offered.
Behemoth ISPs want and use bandwidth metering because all that extra bandwidth is used by their customers for downloading movies and watching movies online which eventually renders CABLE TV obsolete.
And ofcourse, international bandwidth is not cheap, thanks to government policies that resulted in creation of what certainly looks like a cartel in bandwidth supply.
For instance, there are a lot of companies with fiber on the trans-Atlantic route, and as a result, a lot of bandwidth is available there for cheap.
The $360 million estimate in bandwidth costs for Youtube seems inflated.