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Cable vs. Telco: True 10 Mbps?

By IndyBob ·
I am currently considering bids from our local cable company and our local phone company. The proposal called for a 10 Mbps access speed to the Internet. The phone company will deliver a 10 Mbps connection via fiber and it is "dedicated service". The Cable company proposal states: "10MBS OF SYMMETRICAL INTERNET ACCESS WITH A CATEGORY V ETHERNET CABLE HANDOFF". I would like to hear from anyone concerning the differences in bandwidth, speed, etc. Am I comparing apples to apples with these two? Does "symmetrical" imply that upstream and downstream are both at 10 Mbps? Are there any differences in reliability and true bandwidth availability with the cable connection?

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by tintoman In reply to Cable vs. Telco: True 10 ...

You are entitled to think that upstream and downstream data rates will be the same in this case
If it were my choice I would be tempted to go with the fibre optic though

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SLA and Fiber

by IndyBob In reply to MESSAGE DELETED

Thanks for the replies. First, both are fiber solutions. Both cable and telco will run fiber directly to our location.
You are right to point out the SLA. On the cable it is "dedicated", so my only concern would be a bottleneck at the cable company's service location. I feel comfortable that we would get the full 10 mbps to and from their office.
The cable SLA indicates 64 IPs, which would be more than enough for our needs. I believe the telco has provided 16 IPs in the past, however, we currently only make use of 6.
Both refund 1/30th of a month for any outage over 4 hours. The cable SLA indicates some pretty slow response times: Up to 4 hours to respond to call, up to 24 hours for results.
Finally, we would continue with configuration of ports via our own router/firewall.
Thank you!

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