The other issue that CAN present itself with cable (depending on your area) is that if you get a lot of people hooked into your node, eventually you won't see the peak speed during peak hours. Though supposedly some companies have imposed caps on 'heavy users' to bring the speed back up, until people hit these caps, they can be downloading-and bringing everyone else's shared speed down. DSL, on the other hand, will limit to whatever the cap speed is. So you usually don't get the slowdowns at 7pm. People can heavily download all they like-it will just stop at the stated speed. People like cable because it will go above the speed when its available. But when it first came out, that would often degrade others. Take a look at the forums at Broadband reports and check out your company as well as the one you're thinking about switching to. You may find out they cap, or not. Of course, I don't worry about caps as I'm not a bit torrent user or a heavy gamer, but you have to be careful because that doesn't mean other people on your same node may do so. If they cap your speed will probably be fine. If they don't, then you may have issues with cable, if they haven't instituted bandwidth capping. Most people hate it if they are heavy downloaders. But if you aren't, a capping policy means there won't be one person always using the bandwidth. Caps can be good or bad depending on what you actually do on the internet. I've always liked DSL because the speed is always there, no matter what. It sometimes will spike a little higher, but if its a busy time, everyone gets capped out at the same speed so no one user is taking up the line. They also tend to add bandwidth a lot quicker. Cable has more local nodes, so you're likely sharing with less people, but usually the only solution to fix a overloaded node issue is to split the node users in half. That works if the abusive user winds up on the half you're not on. Most people I know use cable without issues, though. One other thing I like about DSL now (AT&T) is they now have a no-contract option. Most cable deals I have seen still require a one year commitment. So far, I have a feeling that may change. But check out that website. You can speed test and do all kinds of stuff. Often they can tell if an area is having a problem by the speed tests before the provider even knows.