Cable can handle a much larger bandwidth than xDSL, it's only the ISP that sets the limit. xDSL is limited to 38 Mbps downstream and 8Mbps upstream but cable has no direct practical limit. Here in Sweden we have something called "Hipnet" provided by Telia Networks, it has the cute little bandwidth of 65 Gbps, yes you read it right (Out of this the enduser gets 1Mbps/128kbps just beacuse Telia are some greedy bastards).
One thing to add is that I belive with dsl, as it uses your existing phone line, you have to get filters for each phone jack unless there is a splitter, if you want to still plug regular phones into that line. A way around that is to use/get a second line dedicated to DSL, or I believe that getting something like digital broadband phone from AT&T would work in those jacks. Either way, you're talking about more money. And If I remember correctly, filters cost anywhere from about $5-$20 a piece.
And, like you mentioned DSL generally costs more than cable. In my area, a 1.5Mbps/128kbps connection with cable costs about $40 a month as opposed to the same speed DSL which costs around $80.
My father has dsl and so does my brother and they have to share thier band width with neighbors to them. The ISP chops up the community in blocks and they have to share it amoung whoever is on that block.
My bandwidth, Cable is allot steadier then my fathers which fluctuats incrediable amount. Sometimes dialup is almost faster for him then DSL and then other days hes clocking speeds that are shockingly fast. But then again hes on a neighbor hood/server type set up.
Not true. It runs over the existing phone line. That's one of the selling points. DSL uses the upper spectrum of the existing copper that is unused by voice communications. Only one phone line is needed.
Are you sure your talking to the right people?
DSL uses the existing wires in the house unless your phone lines are completely screwed up which causes you to have to install another line.
It may be that the lines in you house are old. We got cable because the DSL wanted the phone comany to replace all the cables from the pole to the box (which is like a $150 service call, plus parts and labor), and then have us replace the lines from the box to the jack the modem would go into because our phone cables are almost 50 years old.
And I believe that most of the time, DSL is tiered pricing. In my area for instance, 1500/128 DSL cost $80/month, while the same cable speed (not tiered pricing) costs about $45/month if you rent the modem.
And not to offend you, w0lv3rin3, but both DSL and cable are referred to as broadband, along with satellite, wireless, and anything else out there that offers "higher bandwidth."
The only way you would have to get a new phone line that I see would be if you were getting your DSL through a phone company that you didn't use for local calling and they insisted on you having their line in your house, but it's not at all neccissary, I have had 2 DSL providers, both of them use the same phone line provided through Verizon local. I like the DSL service I have now for one reason, you get a static IP, and they don't block any incomming port requests like some cable companies do so you can't host certain things off your computer (as easily). I get a steady 100kbps downstream after overhead, that never changes, no matter time of day or any other factors, I'm happy to pay the extra $10/month for these reasons
I agree that cable is faster.... Unlees alot of people in your area have it. I went from 2mps download to 45 kps max. mind you I was the first person in my area to have cable modem. then 8 months later bam 45 kps yuck.... So now I have DSL and am happy with 150 kbs. untill I find something faster.