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For Those Who Hadn't Been Paying Attention: DSL Is Cheaper

from the been-under-a-rock,-lately? dept

An analyst firm has released a new report pointing out that, in the US, cable broadband is now 75.8% more expensive than DSL, which is obviously helping DSL close the gap to cable service in the US (in the rest of the world, DSL already has a pretty hefty lead). Of course, none of this is new. It’s been going on for years and kicked into high gear recently when Verizon and SBC both launched “promotional” DSL pricing at $15/month for somewhat limited DSL. What’s unclear, though, is whether or not this report takes into account all the other factors. First, this is promotional pricing and will likely jump up much higher after a year. Second, both Verizon and SBC refuse to allow real naked DSL, so anyone signing up also has to buy a phone line. The cable co’s sometimes also bundle cable TV (or VoIP), but all this bundling makes it a lot more difficult to really compare the two. Simply looking at the stated prices of DSL vs. cable modem service doesn’t tell the full story at all. It’s what the DSL companies hope the press will do, but it’s misleading and inaccurate.

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Pachilles says:

Cable vs DSL

What makes it harder even more to compare is that cable speeds vary tremendously depending on many reasons. Number of users on one hub; Number of users actively using bandwidth; etc.
I’ve heard that cable has been known to slow down to less than dial-up speeds, but that is old data, before they increased the top-speed.
DSL tends to vary only slightly from the top speed.
DSL, in general, is a better connection, but you pay a high premium for higher than 3 (or 4 in some areas) Mb, and even more to increase the upload speed.

Pachilles says:

Re: Yeah

My point was that you may be paying for 6Mb in theory, but you end up averaging say 1Mb in actual downloadability, how do you figure in price/kb actual? Especially BEFORE you actually pay-the-piper and make your choice where to get your connection.
We need a company or organization to monitor actual down/up load variances and pass this info on to future customers.
I am seriously thinking about upgrading my connection as multiple machines are slowing things down at home, but I am not sure whether I should increase my costs on my DSL, or follow the flash/attractiveness that Cable offers.
I don’t want to lock myself into cable again for the next year, just to find out my average download speeds are worse than where I started.

Chris says:

No Subject Given

With cable I was paying $45 month for 3mbps down and 384kbps up and I owned the modem. I switched to DSL at 3mbps down and 768kbps up for $29 month with a free wireless router.

The DSL is so much more reliable. They (cable) just switched to 6mbps down, but I don’t need that much download speed, I prefer the better upload speed since I remote to my PC from work and often transfer files back and forth, and the cheaper price.

bob says:

I couldn't get DSL if I wanted to.

I live in a suburb that has nice coverage for cable modem. Comcast went through about 4 years back and upgraded everything all the way out to my neighbors in the boonies on 20 acres. The result, there were two or three local ISPs that went out of business because the best most dialup lines around here can get is 33.6 on a good day. DSL is out of the question. The only response we got from the local telco was “we have no budget to upgrade in your area, please inquire back another time”. THe closes I ever got to DSL was calling the telco, having them set everythign up and give me a modem and having it not work. Service person comes out and says “I don’t know why they said you could, your C.O. is so old they would have to gut the place to give anyone out here DSL, they’ll never do that.”

Cable has been speedy (up to 6mb tested on broadbandreports.com) with so little downtime I can’t remember the last time it went down. the only way DSL coudl get me to switch now is if they offered the exact same speed and reliability at a lower price.

ZenWarrior says:

DSL hands-down.

Two points from a former [very satisfied] DSL subscriber: (1) DSL is far more reliable. I’ve had more outages with cable in one month than I had with DSL over an entire year; and, (2) Cable’s customer service is pathetic, even non-existent. After the last hurricane blew through here, cable was the very last utility to be restored, and their local office wasn’t even open the following day when all was well, and every other business was open! All other utilities have grasped the concept of a “satisfied customer,” but cable still has not. (After a move, I had no choice but to go with cable. I hate it, and desperately want DSL back.)

Dan says:

Re: Re: DSL hands-down.

Fact is it all depends on who is your provider
I work for verizon DSl, I live in Ohio and have time warner for cable internet and phone. Fact is here we have SBC for phone. SBC has the worst DSL service ever in ohio.Time Warner has been praised by the entire city of columbus. 0 outages in 3 years. Had SBC DSL for 4 months.It was up approximatley 2 weeks in 4months. Fact is it takes a lot to make DSL work correctly IE: inside wiring, distance restrictions, line conditions etc. Cable broadband needs a cable modem plugged into a cable line.

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