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Does anyone have an opinion of what type of service to get? i.e. DSL, Roadrunner, or DirectPC. Any comments welcome. Thanks
 
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I prefer satellite connections like Starband or the one offered through the Dish network.There is little or no difference in surfing the web but download speeds are up to 10 times faster. DSL is not avaiable unless you are within 3 "phone line" miles of a trunk and cable hookups have serious security issues and have to be shared which can lead to slow surfing and downloads.
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It all depends on where you live in relation to other people and a phone trunk. Cable might be good for you if you are able to configure a spare PC as a firewall, and also nobody in your area knows about/wants Cable access.

DSL is slightly slower than cable, but what it lacks in sheer speed, it makes up for in the absence of lag. Think of the bandwidth of the trunk as a cookie jar. The more people in the cookie jar (users) the less cookies (bandwidth) each person gets. DSL is kinda like a personal cookie jar, only with less cookies.

Satellite is somewhat more expensive that either of the two methods mentioned above, but as freelancerboy pointed out, it is considerably faster than the others.

The choice is yours. Cable, I would not recommend unless you live in a retirement community. DSL is prime access for gamers, due to the consistency of the connection. If you are into MP3 sharing and the like, Satellite may work better for you. It all depends on your particular habits.
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