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Cable modem is a popular choice for broadband Internet service. It runs over the standard coaxial cable that delivers cable television to your home. The cable modem converts the cable connection from the cable wall outlet to a standard Ethernet connection for your computer. Cable modem service is offered by cable providers such as AT&T Broadband and Cox Communications, and has download and upload access speeds of 1–3 megabits per second (Mbps), and 500 kbps to 2.5 Mbps, respectively.

DSL is a high-speed Internet service delivered over your existing phone line. It is offered in a variety of packages that have different service levels in terms of their downstream (download) and upstream (upload) access speeds. Downstream access speeds, when you pull content down to your computer, are typically 384 kbps to 1.5 Mbps. Upstream access speeds, when you post information back up to the Internet, are typically 128 kbps to 768 kbps.


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