Originally Posted by bonscott87
Yep. I will say though in my experience just 6 meg is plenty for streaming in HD. With 6 meg I can stream two HD Netflix streams and one Hulu HD at once with no issue with plenty left for web surfing. 12 meg will give you a bit more room if you have a gamer or really need to stream more then that. Some people think you need 50 meg or something to stream and that's just not true. Although I'm sure how crappy your Internet provider is will make a difference.
Some services give you a constant speed closer to the maximum than others. I'd rather have a constant 4-5 on a 6Mb/s connection than the same on a 10Mb/s package. The problem is, the service that offers the latter probably skims a 6Mb/s connection down to a contant 3Mb/s, so you have to upgrade just to get what you need to do anything.
It used to be that DSL was a lot more constant and more likely to give you a speed closer to the max for the connection, even if it didn't hit the peaks that cable did. Cable, on the other hand, used to swing widly up and down during peak and non-peak periods. Now, cable seems to have stabilized and left DSL in the dust as just being slow. FIOS and U-Verse have made up for that, but, for most people, the line for cable is already there with no major installation needed.
I think the main reason cable has come out shooting as much as they have is to ward off the defection to telco or wireless-based services that was taking place several years back. Now, the wireless services have made themselves unappealing for anything but useage where there is no other conenction to the internet available with all their caps and speed limits. WiFi has become a valuable feature in phones in the last few years so you can use the bigger pipe of home broadband.