We have Charter -- a somewhat upscale package: 60mbps down, 4mbps up.
There's a 100mbps down package, but still, I think, only 4mbps up. Even
the business packages are not symmetrical, as far as I know.
Just did some checking and most ISPs offering fibre have 2 choices over
here. They are:
40 down 10 up
80 down 20 up
Some, like mine, do a 38 down 1.9 up
and 76 down 19 up
There are a few that do 50 down 10 up.
At a certain point you are only going as fast as the site you are
downloading from and the slowest link in that path.
Speeds like that might be appropriate for a business with lots of
users but for your casual homeowner it is just bragging rights.
I wish that I lived in town for the internet. They have the fiber and
forgot the speed,but did get a tour with a group through their equipment
room. They have the fastest speed in the state. Somehow got in before
there was some kind of speed ruleing on how fast they could run. I think it
is either a gigabit or terabit.
This is for a county of probably less than 50,000 people.
For the home user, I think there are lots of sites that have a hard time
sending back even the 20 meg or so that many are rated for on the downlink.
I think we have rules over here whereas the company has to give you an
estimate of the mimimum speed you are likely to get and that is
generally adhered to. So in effect if they say the minimum is, say, 20
down, then you'll be pretty sure that it will be at least what they say.
They err on the conservative side with their estimates.
eg; My ISP quoted a minimum of 19 and max of 31 down, when in effect I
get a steady 50 down.
Very similar in the U.S.. When I had DSL they looked at the distance
from the Central Office and told me the speed I'd get. They charged the
same regardless of the speed. Mine was very low. My friend's was high.
Then AT&T ran FTTN and used DSL for the last 100-1000 feet. They could
match Comcast's speed. Then they ran FTTH and started offering gigabit
service ($70 per month if you let them spy on you). Now Comcast has run
FTTP (fiber to the pole) with the last 100 feet or so on coax and when
they light it up later this year they can do gigabit service too, though
the reality is that most residential installations will see no benefit
from 1000 Mb/s versus 100 Mb/s or even 50 Mb/s.
Since running fiber is expensive, they carefully pick and choose where
to run it.
On Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 4:00:37 PM UTC-4, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Same thing with upload speed, for most of us at least. I never upload
anything of size. All the stuff of size is coming down. I doubt that
having anything above maybe 1 MB up would make any difference for me.
I have Charter too, and did a couple of tests. Got 65.15 down and 4.37 up
at best, and 52.49 up and 4.16 down at worst. BTW, I did clear the cache
I don't think I would ever be happy with anything less after using cable.
On 04/07/2016 01:51 PM, Percival P. Cassidy wrote:
The packages here are (in Mb) 50/5, 75/7.5, 100/7.5, and 150/7.5.
They're not using bonded channels for upstream, which may explain why
the upload speed is limited.
BTW, as I write this, I look at my cable modem to verify that only one
(downstream) of the LEDs is blue (blue indicates bonded channels).
If I was a conspiracy guy I would suggest that the content providers
want to slow down pirates. When you understand Comcast (one of the
biggest broadband providers) also owns NBC and Universal studios, it
is not that far out. I am surprised that they are not blocking binary
usenet groups and bit torrent feeds.
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