It just doesn't seem to make sense to use the term "width" to describe a rate, but maybe that isn't even right. The common thing you hear now is that you may be limited to a total amount of data downloaded which isn't a rate at all, volume is a better way to describe what is being called bandwidth.
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It comes from signal processing, where the width of the frequency band used determines how much information can be sent per unit of time.