I tell my kids ( 9 and 7 ) "let's order a pizzaa and watch a movie". Yeah, Dad's a cool guy. Amazon tells me that the download will take 30 minutes to my TiVo. 1.5 hours later my kids and I are eating pizza and WE STILL HAVE NO MOVIE TO WATCH!!!!!

iTunes? I find a movie, place the order, and 10 minutes later we are watching an almost HD quality movie on my HDTV ( via my Mac mini ).

I recently swathed from Verizon DSL to my Patriot Media's broadband.  I was sick and tired of Verizon slow service and terrible customer service.  I also dropped Verizon local and long distance and now use Patriot's VOIP phone service.  The cable broadband speed is excellent (7 MB/s) at the same price as Verizon DSL and the phone service is cheaper as well.

DSL Reports is running a news story about a report that suggests that cable may be winning the broadband battle with the telcos.  The report suggests that the cable companies may start reclaiming bandwidth from the unused spectrum freed up by the move from standard (SDTV) to high definition (HDTV) television.  I have been recently impressed by how fast and inexpensive my cable connection is compared to my previous DSL connection.  The report also suggest that the cable companies will have enough capacity and bandwidth to compete directly with the telcos fibre.  So maybe I'll never have a need for Verizon FIOS.

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