I just dumped my Direct TV system and went with the new Verizon FIOS that gives me HD TV system, telephone, and internet. It is all fiber optic to the house so there is no slow down at night on the internet, as good of pic as the HD Direct TV (when it was working good) and the phone sounds the same. I got the fastest internet they offered which is download of 15mps and upload of 15mps actual speed is 14,750 down and 13,850 up. It is so much faster than my old cable its funny and I had the fastest RoadRunner offered which ran about 5 down and 1 up. I saved about $40 by doing the whole thing as a bundle over what I had, but Direct TV has told me they want $420 from me for cancelling the contract but I think I can get out of that. The system they installed here in Torrance was all state of the art stuff that they are going to offer goodies here as they come on line first, like internet at the speed of 100mps! Anyway it now only takes me about 6 seconds to upload a 6-7meg pic to smugmug now so i am very happy.