|Originally posted by Kiwideus
when you have DSL, you have your own bandwidth connecting to the server, and when you have cable, you share it with others, so that if you have a lot of people online at once, cable can slow down, but DSL always stays the same.
I work for a telephone company, studied both and that is correct. Picture a big water pipe - if everyone in the neighborhood turns on their water at the same time, the water pressure can drop to the entire neighborhood - cable modem is like that. The cable modem is simply a big bandwidth pipe covering a lot of customers.
Cable modem is OK as long as a lot of your neighbors aren't on it as the same time as you. People that I know who live in the city where there were no options to cable modem complained about peak times during the week when everyone was on at the same time.
I have DSL and love it - no contention with anyone!