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DSL? Cable? Either way, to take advantage of any of these broadband services you need a modem, the central component of broadband equipment. In most cases the cable provider does offer a broadband modem with the service. However, if your broadband service allows you to purchase your own modem you might want to look into it. Not only can you save money, but you can also get the exact size you want. However, if something does happens to the modem it probably wouldn't be covered under your provider service warrantee.