Currently have a cable based ISP. Having connectivity issues. They were the only one available at the time I needed internet service 2 years ago.
Now, DSL is available. Pricing wise, it's roughly the same.
With the cable, I'm paying for up to 12 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream.
DSL, would be 6 Mbps down and 3 up.
The associate with the DSL said that all of their customers have dedicated DSL lines that are not shared with each other. Basically, from my house to their 'node', none of their other customers could tie in to the line that I would be using. And that phone lines are run separately from the data lines.
He also described cable based like this: that every service that their customers use are based off of the same line. That's TV, voice, internet. So, depending on time of day/network traffic, I'm (probably) not getting anywhere near that 12 Mbps.
Now I've got to make up my mind whether to pay the cable ISP $80 (router+install) or buy a DSL gateway (modem+router+4 ethernet ports) for $80 and go with the DSL service.