Additional services that take full advantage of digital technology are on the horizon. While it will still be invisible to consumers, a new generation of cable modems will be able to break voice traffic into packets using Internet protocol (IP) technology, just as e-mail messages are handled.
Slowly, steadily, the telcos and Bell company business models are being attacked. If you have the choice between DSL and cable for your broadband, I’d recommend cable for the reason that you can try these new cable-based services and cancel your phone line if you want to. If you go DSL, you’ll always have to keep a phone line.