If you're new to broadband and want to find out more about it, or how to get the most from your existing service, then read on.
Many of us would be completely lost without the internet.
We use it to keep in touch, to find information and to watch our favourite films and TV shows.
It can also be vital for work, to shop and bank - and we can do all this from our homes thanks to broadband.
Virtually every home in the UK can get ADSL broadband. There are numerous providers although not all may offer services in your area.
Virgin Media and WightFibre (which provides services in the Isle of Wight) are the UK's only two cable providers. Check their websites to find out if their network operates in your area or is coming to your area at a future date
Superfast fibre services are becoming increasingly available and are offered by a number of internet service providers including BT, Sky, TalkTalk Plusnet and EE. These providers account for most of the superfast fibre broadband market, but there may be other service providers serving your area.
In the Kingston-upon-Hull area, KCOM provides ADSL, some FTTC and a FTTP broadband service.
There are several ways you can find out which broadband services and deals are available in your area.
You can enter your details - usually your phone number and postcode - in an online checker, or use an Ofcom-accredited price comparison website to see what deals are available.
You can also view broadband availability and speeds for any UK address using our broadband coverage checker.
From March 2020, the broadband universal service obligation (USO) will give people in the UK the right to request a decent and affordable broadband connection.
You can find out if exchanges near you have fibre broadband - or when they'll get it . You can also find out more about the superfast roll-out programme in your area or get general information from the BDUK webpage.
It might also be worth contacting your local council, parish council or community group to see whether there are community broadband projects under way or planned in your area.
Under these schemes, community groups have partnered with broadband networks to roll out superfast services, primarily to rural areas not currently serviced by mainstream providers.
You can visit the Rural Broadband Partnership website to see what projects are under way near you.