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Maybe It’s Time to Give DSL a Second Try

Internet is at the backbone of many cord cutting options, but, sadly, when you downgrade from a package deal to just Internet cable companies will refuse to give you any type of deal. Often long-term cable customers will find themselves paying double or more of what a new customer will pay.

Yet many people think they have no option and do not shop around for other services. Much of this comes from the idea that DSL is too slow to stream. The truth is that is just not true for most Americans.

I use DSL at my house and to run Cord Cutters News. Back when I lived in Missouri, DSL was faster than what the local cable company had to offer. In a growing list of areas DSL offers 100 Mbps down or faster and even has fiber options for crazy fast speeds in some markets.

Also remember there are more DSL providers than just the big names. If you live in an area with AT&T, take a look at It resells AT&T Internet with no data caps and customer service right here in the United States. So make sure to check around.

Remember cable companies are the experts at pressure sales and saying anything to get a sale. Don’t let them trick you into being scared of DSL.

Plus, you can always switch back to cable Internet. Every few years I switch to get the best deal. That way I am always treated like a new customer and get the best new deal.

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  • Chris K.

    I have no major complaints about DSL. We had an extremely bad experience with a Mediacom cable technician, prompting us to check out Centurylink DSL. On paper, the speed comparison was awful (we went from 40Mbps to a maximum of 5Mbps at the time). But because this varies from town to town, from block to block, and even from house to house… our 5Mbps connection was far more reliable at streaming Netflix and Amazon uninterrupted compared to our “faster” Mediacom connection. About a year later, Centurylink offered 20Mbps in my neighborhood, and Mediacom began to enforce data caps around the same time. Centurylink (at least, in our area) has repeatedly stated in writing that data caps exist on paper, but they have no plans to enforce them – and will give customers plenty of warning if it comes to that.

    Because of the age and complexity of the infrastructure, everyone’s experience will vary. But it’s always worth trying every option available.

    • Andrew Webber

      I can totally relate to this. I too have CenturyLink (12Mbps) and my internet is more stable and has less buffering issues compared to my mom who has Mediacom with 100 Mbps.

  • HeyRadar

    Toast again? I wanted waffles.

  • Rob Compton

    AT&T is no less an expert in sales than a cable company. Many of todays common billing practices were learned from the best the phone companies. Sell a $15 product but make it cost $49 after you break out cost of business and add it to the bill as a line item. How long ago were you in Missouri? In the STL area Charter has offered much faster speed than DSL for many years.. I’ve used both and due to the lack of competition, they are both acceptable but overpriced

  • Sean Berends

    We just switched from DSL. Reportedly the highest speed we could get was 18Mb and that was a little bit slow. We went to Spectrum and are getting 100 Mb down for the same price. It may be a little bit overkill, but no more buffering for us!

  • craig

    at&t in my area has a max of 25/1 but most say you get 18. spectrum-twc base is now 60 from 30 a few months ago and no data cap on cable.

  • VJ

    Why is so stingy on upload speeds. Their 12 down, 1 upload costs more than I pay Comcast for a 12/2 service. I need upload for YouTube video uploads.

    • Well the resell ShiT&T so that’s probably the trade-off for being cheaper and lacking data caps.

  • Colton

    Every time I click on the toast link I’m saddened because with Comcast I get 200mbps and data cap free for $109 sure toast is cheaper but I cannot go to anything below 150mbps.

  • Josh

    I have cox 300Mbps 40Mbps up, test everyday and never hit lower than 260. I pay $90 but is worth it compared to centurylinks highest connection at 20Mbps for $40. Usually have 4+ streams running at a time daily. Never had an issue with caps, we hit 2TB monthly

  • stumpy579

    I have only two choices. My cable company which is an outdated overpriced mom and pop relic that started in 1950 or Frontier dsl from my phone company. Cable charges $120.95 month for 25/3. With a cable package the lowest of which is $89.95 for basic with no dvr the internet price is $97.95. The dsl is $39.99 for 24/1 but that is price bundled with phone essentials package for a total of $78 a month. I have absolutely no other choices so I got dsl and PS VUE for tv. The dsl works great with multiple live streams phones ipad etc. So I pay $113 month for tv internet and phone which is still high but the best I can do and still get what I need from live tv. Need more choices for internet. DSL works just as well as cable where I live.

  • I pay $70 for 1Gbps ↑↓ fiber.

  • Robert Anthony Hartzell

    20 Mbps and we can run 2 streams of Vue easily with no buffering, and one of the two is through wifi.

  • Karl Childers

    Frontier Fios 30 mbps – $34.99. Used to have issues with connection / speed in certain parts of the house but I bought an Airport Time Capsule and that greatly improved our WiFi versus Frontier’s Actiontech router. We’ve ran 3 Apple TVs all through WiFi at the same time without any problems (plus a Nest Cam that is always connected).

  • Marc Shaffer

    I live in an area with only DSL provided by Century Link. It tops out at 6Mbps and that is like dial up as I came from a Comcast area supplying 200Mbps as the base speed. Unless they can improve on the DSL speeds I’ll be looking for another solution. Satellite or 5G or something that is better than DSL.