I need to pick the brain of someone who knows about networks, specifically how the web functions over broadband.
With dial-up, when working out how long a web page would take to download, you took two factors into account for each file that needed to be downloaded - a fraction of a second for the computer to connect to the server (usually estimated at 0.5 seconds for these purposes), and then a number of seconds to download the file itself. So a 100k file might take 0.5 second for the connection and 30 seconds to download, meaning that file added 30.5 seconds to the load time for the site.
With broadband the 30 seconds to download the file is massively reduced. My question, though, is how long does the connection part of the process take? Is it the same (0.5 seconds per file), or is it comparably reduced, or is it so tiny as to be virtually unmeasurable?