DSL and broadband are terms that are often used in conjunction with each other. In the industry, broadband basically denotes “cable.” DSL, which stands for Digital Subscriber Line, is an Internet connection that uses the wires of a telephone network to deliver connectivity. One such service available in Cincinnati would be Cincinnati Bell’s Fioptics.
Broadband and DSL are similar in many ways. Both are usually asymmetrical and a “shared service.” Asymmetrical means you receive much faster download speeds than upload speeds. A symmetrical service would be the same down and up, such as 10 x 10 MB rather than 10 x 1 MB. Usually both are not “dedicated” services. They are shared with others in your neighborhood or on your “loop.” This means your speeds could be affected by what others are doing on your “shared service.” In addition, since these services are not dedicated they are backed up by business-grade Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
That being said, both can cost-effectively provide very high speeds. Thus, they are both very viable solutions for businesses, depending on needs and location.