HOW THEY WORK
DSL uses a phone line, but satellite uses a network of satellites to deliver Internet service.
Satellite Internet requires a small satellite dish at your home. That satellite communicates with your provider’s satellite in space, as well as the communication center back on dry land.
Speed is important. Without it, you will find it difficult to communicate online, watch movies, play games or transfer simple data – like emails.
Download speed is what most people look at when comparing Internet providers. Download speeds measure how long it takes for a file you download to become available. Obviously, the faster the speed, the faster you get access to your movie, video, site, etc.
DSL speeds can top out at 40Mbps in select areas. Typically you’ll find speeds are closer to 25-25 Mbps.
A fast satellite connection is considered to be around 10-15Mbps.
For both providers, upload speeds are significantly slower than download speeds.