Compare: DSL Internet vs. Cable

Factors to Consider

Coverage Area

The only way to benefit from the fast speeds and features of DSL Internet or cable is to live within their respective coverage areas. Most DSL Internet providers cast a wide net of coverage, enabling both city dwellers and country residents to get high-speed DSL. Cable Internet providers usually only provide service in areas with large populations, like major cities and suburbs.


A DSL Internet connection is only possible with a phone line connection. For DSL to work, your phone line needs to connect directly to the local DSL Internet provider’s office. Unlike dial-up, which also uses a phone line, a DSL connection is faster, does not require you to share your home phone line, and in some cases doesn’t even require home phone service. Instead of using a phone line, cable companies use the cable television infrastructure, which is why it’s widely available in cities where so many residents already have cable TV.


DSL speeds are reliable, and can be up to 100x faster than dial-up. Whether you’re checking email, updating social media, reading breaking news, blogging, sharing music and working from home, DSL service has the speed you need– up to 40Mbps in some areas. Cable speeds are traditionally faster than DSL, however there are some caveats. Cable service can slow down during peak hours of the day when a large number of people are getting online.


Think 24/7 technical support, so day or night you’re never alone in an online emergency. Think free email accounts, so you stay connected to friends and family without extra costs. Think professional installation help, so you know for sure that your high-speed DSL service is set up properly the first time around. Cable and DSL features tend to overlap with many of these features, though each one does offer its own specific add-ons. Call today to find out if you’re in the right coverage area, which features are available and which Internet service is right for you!