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June 21, 2007


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What a rock and a hard place! In the end, you may be much happier with a cable modem than with DSL. I have found it to be faster.

Now, I am one of those folks who had one too many problems with cable companies for years. Since 2000, I have used DISH as my television provider and I am one of their biggest fans. However, when it comes to the Internet, satellite companies really only offer a service for people who really live in the boonies. It is barely faster than dial-up.

When I chucked DSL for a cable modem, Ron and I just planned to eliminate our wired phone line to save money. We both had good cell plans. However, I still doubted a cable company could be reliable. I can't speak about your provider, but Comcast gives good value for the buck. When I'm not wireless, I get 100 MBits/Sec service for about $43/month...that is without signing up for the cable TV service. Probably cheaper as a package if I wanted to dish the DISH, which I don't. And in 5 years or so of Internet service, I can count on one hand the number of times when there was a problem.

Good luck...I'm an Internet junkie, so I feel the pain.

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