said by Ben:The boxes provide TV service, not broadband internet.
So let's see, the choices are:
A) Use dial-up. To download the latest Fedora Core 8 DVD image (which is 3.18GB) would take close to a week, if you run the dial-up 24/7.
B) Live with a large box nearby, but download the same DVD image in less than 18 minutes (assuming 25Mbps download).