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What should I use, CABLE or DSL?


Shortly, where I live, I will have the choice to have AT&T broadband. I also think at that time, if I choose, I could have DSL thru Earthlink.

My question is: Is Broadband or DSL faster? Or, or they the same speed? Is there any advantages between the two?

I have been looking forward to this time for a looonnnngggg time. Can you answer me in a short answer if there is any difference between the two?

Thank you in advance!


This question was answered on December 7, 2000. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Hello and thank you for sending your question.

When we talk about speed over the Internet, everything has to do with bandwidth Bandwidth is the amount of bits per second that are transferred over the media (cables, wires, etc.) Keep in mind that Kbps is approximately 1000 bits per second and Mbps is one million bits per second.

Depending on the DSL provider, service levels can range from 128Kbps to 7Mbps downstream from the Internet to the user while upstream service levels from the user to the Internet can range from 128kbps to 1Mbps.

Over digital cable, service levels can range from 400Kbps to 10Mbps downstream and upstream Service levels depend on service agreements offered by each system operator per market, and depend on whether the access is for residential or commercial use But, typically cable has more bandwidth than DSL or ISDN.

Best you can do is do your homework on this two service provider.

Good luck,


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Posted by Leonida of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on December 7, 2000