The difference between cable and DSL Internet services is mainly in the way that the service is delivered.
DSL runs through lines typically associated with telephone service, where cable runs through lines typically
associated with cable television service. If your current Internet provider is Shaw, you have a cable internet connection.
If your current Internet provider is Telus, there is a good chance you have a DSL connection.
A cable connection runs through coaxial cabling.
You are not required to have active cable television service in your home to receive cable Internet service.
Cable Internet is a shared service, which means that the line running into your home is a branch of a larger trunk,
which also feeds into your neighbour’s homes. If the trunk is not wide enough to feed all of the users in your area,
you may notice some congestion which leads to slower speeds when everyone is using the service at one time.
A DSL connection requires an active phone line.
If you do not have an active traditional home phone service at home, we will set up what is called a “dry loop”,
which acts as an active “ghost” phone line. DSL connection is a dedicated line, meaning it is yours and only yours.
Your bandwidth will not be affected by other users in the area, but it is very dependent on the quality of infrastructure
and your distance from the nearest Central Office where the service connects to the outside world.
The quality of infrastructure and your distance from a Central Office will determine what speeds your home is eligible for.