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Is Om Throwing in The Cable Broadband Towel?

Om has been a staunch believer, like myself, that the cable modem folks have a better offer than the DSL guys. Now he may be changing his tune.

He's not alone. After seeing ADSL in action recently in my hotels around Europe I'm more convinced it's how the USA based telcos set things up than what it's capable of.

My broadband experiences in Paris, Barcelona and Munich were insane. Mostly I was impressed by the lack of ANY packet loss, jitter and extremely low latency when I ran the usual VoIP Speed Tests. These experiences rivaled my experience in Austria a year ago over Thanksgiving when the quality was better than I have here at home. What's interesting is since I returned I'm now seeing 12 megs down from Cox (up from 9-10) and higher upload speeds by about 20 percent.

My guess is the "cable guys" are gearing up for the push from Ma Bell and also from the mobile EvDO and HSPDA offerings that are starting to hit the shelves now.

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