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Verizon DSL vs Comcast Cable

On Fri, 20 Feb 2004 gbburkhardt at wrote:

> After living in the boonies with a dialup connection after
> all these years, I finally
> can get a higher speed Internet connection.
> So what's the latest scuttlebutt?  Should I get Verizon DSL
> for $35/month, 320 kbps,
> or Comcast cable, $42/month, 4 mbps down/384 kbps up?
> Is one more Linux friendly than the other, or do the both
> hide behind Microsoft?
> Thanks.
> _______________________________________________
> Discuss mailing list
> Discuss at

If I an not mistaken, Verizon's DSL uses PPPoE (PPP Over Ethernet) which
is really not a "full-time" connection and requires additional software to
work correctly.

I have used both RCN and Comcast cable-modem service.   Both work
straight-up.  Any OS you want, as long as it can talk to the Ethernet card
and obtain an IP address, unless you run a "broadband gateway/router", in
which case the cable modem can talk to the gateway/router, and you do
whatever internal networking you want.

I, personally, have never had a cable-modem problem (Boston area).  I have
Comcast, and my parents, also in the Boston area, have RCN.   RCN has gone
down for them at times in the past year or so, but not recently that I was

Hope that helps.


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