Most people connect to the Internet via their modems. At the time of this writing, popular/cost-effective modems have speeds of 28,000 bits per second. That means that a file that is 2 kilobytes, would take approximately 0.5 - 1.0 seconds to download.
Although the above modem speeds are sufficient for viewing Web Sites, when hosting a server and providing service to a number of visitors, faster connections are needed.
Most servers are on multiple T1 lines. Each T1 can transmit a digital signal at 1.544 Megabits per second. Larger installations are connected via T3 lines. T3 lines can transmit a digital signal at 44.736 Megabits per second.
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