But what I don't understand is do Americans have Internet without cable tv?
My phone company offers DSL. So do a dozen other providers that lease the lines from the phone company. Most people I know have told me that DSL is too slow for streaming. They denied my claim that my DSL connection streamed HD Netflix just fine for years. They flat out just didn't believe me.
Now my phone company now offers a fiber line with 1Gbps up and down. It's only a little more expensive than the DSL.