Tests are fooled by what comcast calls "powerboost" . Basically the
first part of a connection is allowed to go through at a much faster
than your rated speed. So it fools the sppedtest sites and is great for
bragging rights for people who don't realize what is happening.
Ah. that explains it then. I see Cox advertising something like that
but didn't think about it affecting the speed test. Actually in
everyday use I noticed little difference between my current Cox cable
15Mbs service and my former Century Link DSL 7Mbs service.
Surprisingly with bundling (TV, phone, ISP) the Cox service was
cheaper. Competition is good. :)
It turned out to be rather impossible. Comcast's site claimed we were in their
service area. Considering that the house is in a part of the development that
isn't yet built out (there are only two houses, of perhaps twenty, on my
street). I was skeptical but Comcast confirmed, until I went to order service.
Fortunately, AT&T had reasonable DSL service there. Hughes, with it's 250MB
monthly cap, wasn't going to cut it. I had 3G service but it was really weak
(often only available next to the window).
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