DSL Vs Cable – Which is Better?

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DSL vs. Cable

Are you still using dial-up Internet access, and looking to upgrade to a faster high speed broadband connection? Or perhaps you’ve recently moved to a new area and need to order high speed Internet service?

Now you are faced with the dilemma, which one should I choose broadband DSL or high speed cable Internet service?

Several factors come into play in choosing the right high-speed Internet service provider; I have listed a few below.

Physical Location

A lot depends on your location, DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) is only available a limited distance from the local phone company’s central office. High speed cable Internet is generally available in any area that the cable provider offers digital cable TV service.

Connection Speeds

Broadband cable Internet connection speeds are usually faster. Newer DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems can provide download speeds in excess of 100 Mbps. These blazing speeds aren’t yet available in many areas, but it’s coming soon. Cable download speeds vary, and is limited by the number of users sharing the bandwidth, and by the tier of service you purchase from the cable provider. DSL speeds don’t fluctuate like cable but will be limited by the quality of the connection and the service package that you purchase.

Monthly Cost

In most local markets where both DSL & cable Internet access are available, pricing will be pretty competitive between the two, usually around $30 to $80 per month. Pricing also depends on other factors such as bundled services from the provider and Internet package connection speed. Most cable and DSL providers offer several tiers of service with costs increasing as speed, performance, and packaged extras such as an Internet security suite are added.


There is really no clear cut answer to the debate of DSL vs. Cable, it really depends on what’s available in your local market and your personal high speed Internet access needs and desires. I would personally recommend that you research the broadband Internet services that are available in your local area and make an informed decision on the broadband package that is just right for you or your family.

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