What's the difference between DSL and Cable internet? And which DSL provider is best?

Hello, I have been a Cable Internet subscriber for years, and have enjoyed the high speeds and ease of use. However, I am moving in a few months to an area in which Cable is not currently available. Therefore, DSL seems to be my only option for high speed internet. Will I notice a significant difference with... show more Hello,
I have been a Cable Internet subscriber for years, and have enjoyed the high speeds and ease of use. However, I am moving in a few months to an area in which Cable is not currently available. Therefore, DSL seems to be my only option for high speed internet.

Will I notice a significant difference with the two services? I've always heard and assumed that cable is significantly faster, is this true?

Also, there seem to be a lot of companies that provide DSL service. Is there significant differences between them (i.e. Verizon, DirecTV, Yahoo, etc)? Which would you reccommend based on speed, reliability, etc?

Thanks in advance,
Henry
Update: Furthermore, I've read on several sites, as well as on some answers of your informative answers, that DSL speed depends on location to "the line". How can I tell whether my new house will be close or not close to this line?
Update 2: Additionally, does DSL allow for networking of computers as well?

Thanks!
Update 3: Additionally, does DSL allow for networking of computers as well?

Thanks!
6 answers 6