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Chapter 1. Getting High-Speed Connection... > Features and Considerations

Features and Considerations

One of the benefits of cable modem over ISDN and DSL is that you can often use just one full-service provider such as AT&T Broadband. Prices for cable modem service are typically $40 to $60 per month, which includes a small monthly rental fee for the actual cable modem device. You can also buy your own cable modem to eliminate this additional rental fee. Cable modems are available at most major highstreet electronics retailers.

For ISDN and DSL service, subscribers typically require a phone company to provide the telephone line plus an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to provide the Internet connection. These are often two separate companies. ISDN in particular can be very expensive because of the ISP costs. A dedicated 128 kbps ISDN connection often can be $250 per month.


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