Emergency Broadband Benefit Fraud Alert

Glossary

Numeric

4G
Fourth generation mobile broadband technology, used by smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices to access the web.
5G
Fifth generation mobile broadband technology, used by smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices to access the web.

B

Bandwidth
The amount of data transmitted in a given amount of time; usually measured in Megabits per second (Mbps).
Broadband
High-speed Internet access that allows users to access the Internet and Internet-related services at significantly higher speeds than those available through "dial-up" services; current Federal speed requirements are 25/3 Mbps - a download speed of 25 Mbps and an upload speed of 3 Mbps.

C

CA Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
State agency that regulates services and utilities, protects consumers, safeguards the environment, and assures Californians' access to safe and reliable utility infrastructure and services, including telecommunications
Cellular
Communication network where the final link is wireless.

D

Digital
Electronic technology that generates, stores, and processes data
Digital accessibility
Process of making digital products, websites, mobile apps, and other digital tools and technologies, accessible to everyone, providing all users access to the same information, regardless of impairments.
Digital divide
Gap that exists between individuals who have access to modern information and communication technology and those who lack it.
Digital eco-system
Distributed, adaptive, open socio-technical system with properties of self-organization, scalability, and sustainability inspired from natural ecosystems.
Digital equity
Condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy, and economy NDIA.
Digital inclusion
Activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of Information and Communication Technologies NDIA.
Digital infrastructure
Data and software and the mechanisms needed to enable them to work together seamlessly so that they can be shared, managed, combined and collaborations can take place.
Digital literacy
Ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.
Digital services
Electronic delivery of information including data and content across multiple platforms and devices like web or mobile.

F

Fiber optics
High-speed data transmission medium using tiny glass or plastic filaments that carry light beams.

G

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Combination of computer hardware, software, personnel, and procedures capable of capturing, storing, manipulating, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced data.

I

Information and communications technology (ICT)
Broader term for Information Technology (IT), which refers to all communication technologies, including the internet, wireless networks, cell phones, computers, software, video-conferencing, social networking, and other media applications and services enabling users to access, retrieve, store, transmit, and manipulate information in a digital form.
Infrastructure
The fundamental facilities and systems serving a municipality, region, country, or other area including the services and facilities necessary for its economy to function.
Internet Service Provider (ISP)
An organization that provides services for accessing, using, or participating in the internet.

S

Smart City
Municipality that uses information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public, and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare. - IoT World
Smart device
Electronic device, generally connected to other devices or networks, that can operate to some extent interactively and autonomously.
Smart infrastructure
Integration of smart technologies into the fundamental facilities and systems serving a municipality, region, country, or other area including the services and facilities necessary for its economy to function.

W

Wi-Fi
A popular technology that allows devices to connect to the Internet wirelessly using radio waves.
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