Cable Internet service providers like Comcast utilize the television cable to connect your premises to the World Wide Web. Blazing fast speeds rival those of DSL and cable is not subject to signal degradation due to distance from the DSL signal or weather interference with the satellite beam. Cable is the second most widely used Internet access type in the world with nearly 80 million users. Dialup ISP’s come in at a distant 3rd.
Comcast is by far the largest provider of cable Internet services in the United States, offering speeds of 6 Mbps and higher. Comcast provides free McAfee security services to its users as well as a click and play video feature and video e-mail. Other providers such as Time Warner, Charter and Cox Communications offer speeds of about 5 Mbps and have security suites available at no additional cost. Comcast and Time Warner both greatly increased their ability to service users in a sweeping deal which saw the shared purchase of the Adelphia Cable company and a number of geographic areas swapped between the two cable giants to make better use of existing infrastructure.
Comcast Specials are making more headway than other cable providers in rolling out faster, higher tier levels of connection/download/upload speeds.
Other Options for Cable Internet Access
Earthlink offers cable Internet access but it is considerably more expensive than any of the major providers, with some packages costing as much as $72.95 per month for 10 Mbps. Cable One, the 10th largest cable provider in the USA, services only 19 states, primarily in the South and Midwest. Most of Cable One’s users are in small, rural communities. Although Cable One sells a 3 Mbps package, the company routinely throttles down access to 1.5 Mbps or lower during peak times and for excessive bandwidth users. Mediacom serves 23 states and offers speeds from 3 to 20 Mbps and recently concluded a deal to include the Big Ten Sports Network in its channel listings, something that has stalled with a number of other cable providers.
There are many options for cable users and as technology improves, look for cable downlink and uplink times to improve with it.