For years, people considered DSL and cable to be pretty much interchangeable. However, now, each side is making some adjustments to their offerings to try to differentiate themselves. DSL is positioning themselves as cheap broadband access while cable internet providers are boosting speeds to position themselves as something of a premium, but speedy connection. Of course, these are somewhat artificial definitions, as either one could be speedy (or cheap) under proper circumstances. The real issue is whether or not people really care that much about the speed. Certainly, plenty of early adopter types do, but many folks just want the always-on connection, and if DSL is half the price of cable, they're going to get the business - that is, until applications become common that really require speed.
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