Amazingly, People Do Prefer Cheap DSL To Expensive Cable

from the funny-how-that-works dept

Nearly two years ago, with cable modem service holding a commanding lead in the US (though, almost nowhere else), US telcos decided that the way to claw back into the market was to position themselves as the low cost supplier (though, it was often done in a way that was tricky and wasn't as cheap as it looked). That strategy seemed to work almost immediately. Cable providers, in the meantime, tried to convince the world that their higher speeds were much more important. Earlier this year, however, when it became clear that advancements in DSL (and the coming onslaught of fiber) meant that the telcos would probably catch up to cable in speed, the cable companies suddenly changed their tune, saying that speed was no longer important -- now, it's all about additional "services" that most people don't care about anyway. Either way, it appears cable's strategy isn't doing so well, as DSL has successfully chipped away at cable's market dominance, cutting its market share from 65% down to 59%. Still, as Broadband Reports notes, it doesn't appear that cable is that scared just yet. We'll know that cable has finally woken up when they actually lower prices.
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    Kaleb TV, 8 Jun 2011 @ 2:07pm

    Either Or

    Some people may say that the speed of DSL is slow but many of those people may not know that DSL is different from dial-up. After all, your local phone company would be the one to offer both, so it is easy to see how a not-so-tech-savvy population would confuse the two. DSL can be very fast. Anyways, the average American really doesn't need anything more than 3Mbps-10Mbps depending on how many devices they usually have connected at once and whether they do any online gaming. On the same token, the faster speeds that cable internet provides are definitely going down in cost from what I have noticed. Many cable companies are offering internet packages under $30. It is really just a matter of doing some comparison shopping before committing to anything.

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