September 13, 2011

Cable vs Satellite Internet

These days, the Internet plays an almost unfathomably large role in everyday life. It is hard to believe that only a few years ago it was a strange concept to have the Internet on your phone, or to be able to access email from remote locations. Now, people depend on these abilities for everything from business, to school, and even (perhaps especially) social endeavors. With this in mind, many people consistently seek out advice on which types of Internet are fastest or clearest, or which ones offer the best deals. For example, many people would like to know more about the specific differences between satellite and cable Internet. Some specific information on this topic can be found at, but the following is a brief comparison of features and benefits.

Cable Internet is perhaps the more popular service of the two, and thus is likely the one that you may be more familiar with. Generally, these connections come through the same standard Cable companies (such as Time Warner or Comcast) that provides your television service. The service needs a wired connection, but also enables you to be constantly connected, at all times. Connection and download speeds with cable Internet are generally seen as more than satisfactory. Additionally, cable Internet is (usually) less expensive than its satellite counterpart.

The main advantage that satellite Internet has over cable Internet is that it is available just about anywhere. Because the connection comes through the air, rather than through wires, and because it is literally rebounded off of a satellite, it is accessible even in remote and rural areas where other Internet services may not be present. Generally, these connection speeds are slightly slower than others, but they are not problematically slow. However, a satellite Internet feed is also usually a bit more expensive of an option.

Ultimately, both types of service provide quick and reliable Internet that allows you to have steady service. While you may be able to choose which one best fits your needs based on features and prices, you may also not have too much of a choice. Particularly in the United States, it is sometimes the case that only one or the other is available in a certain area. Specifically, there are many remote areas in which the only way to access the Internet is via satellite. So, if you are considering upgrading or changing your Internet, do your research to make sure that you know the differences, but know that your choice may be somewhat dependent on location.


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