I have been using a cable modem through various cable companys since 2002 with minimal difficulty. We currently have the bundle from Comcast. Since the one year discount rate is over, mom wants to switch everything over to the DirecTv bundle, they offer a landline and internet service as well. Personally, I don't care if she switches the tv and phone but I'd like to stay with the cable modem. I vaguely recall someone telling me that a satellite ISP like DirecTv were fast when receiving data, but slow sending data. Is this still true? I very briefly had Verizon DSL back in 2003. It sucked, and I went back to the cable modem. Who is your Internet Service Provider? Are you satisfied with the service you receive from them? How often do you have outages? How long do the outages last?