Broadband Speeds Averaging About 1/3 Of The Speed On The Box

from the up-to dept

By this point, everyone should know that broadband providers always provide "up to" speeds with the connections they sell. By "up to" they usually mean under perfect conditions that you will never, ever see. But just what kinds of speeds should you actually expect? A new study in the UK found that broadband speeds tend to be about a third of the "up to" speed. The worst speeds were about one-eighth of the promoted speed. As the article linked here notes, is it really any surprise that only 30% of people claim they're satisfied with their broadband? While it still seems like this should be false advertising, so far various regulatory bodies have said that the "up to" language is perfectly legal, no matter how misleading it may be. How hard would it be for an ISP to advertise expected speeds? I would imagine it would have happier, more loyal customers who know that the ISP is actually being honest, rather than hyping up speeds that will never be delivered.
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  1. identicon
    Tim Bellette, 8 Aug 2007 @ 12:27am

    Re: Broadband Speeds Averaging About 1/3 Of The Sp

    It is a bit hard for providers to advertise exact speeds, since everyones exact speed would vary depending on line conditions and distance from their exchange or node. One place could get 80% of its advertised speed while a house only a few doors down could only be capable of getting 30% of the advertised speed.

    I do agree with the fact that you may vary well, and most probably will not, get full speeds as advertised should be made more aware of by providers. Perhaps a theoretical speed calculator on providers sites or technical help lines should also be available.

    With Australian ADSL2+ broadband there are a sites ( which allow you to calculate your distance and an estimated speed you will be able to obtain. However; these are not completely accurate because it also depends on line quality which is not available to these services.

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    Zeus512, 8 Aug 2007 @ 12:35am

    American ISPs

    I've never had a broadband connection that delivered 1/3 what it promised, mine have always been within 90% delivery of the promoted speeds, from my understanding ISPs tell your modem how fast they are allowed to dl/ul and then the modem trys its best to give you that rate, many factors affect you recieving this speed such as bad packets or interference in the line, but your modem should be set by your ISP to what they bit rate they sold you, so it isn't false advertising, sure they could go the extra mile and set you modem to a slightly higher speed to make up for the degradation of the signal, but that 10% is'nt going to make a noticable difference to the average user.

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  3. identicon
    Julian Bond, 8 Aug 2007 @ 12:42am

    Cable? or ADSL?

    Cable speeds seem to be pretty much as advertised. Is this just an ADSL thing?

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  4. identicon
    Paquito, 8 Aug 2007 @ 12:58am

    DSL sucks!

    DSL technology sucks...

    Well, in fact, technology is not responsible for the actions operators perform (when they say your speed will be 3-6-whatever megabits and then you realize that's "up to").

    That's because of the "contention rate" operators should tell you. It means, if you want a 5 megabit DSL but the contention rate is 10, it means you'll share that speed with 10 other users (always the same in fact), so the minimum speed you can expect is 500 Kbps and the maximum (if the other nine are not using the DSL) would be 5 Mbps...

    Long story anyway,

    Regards from Spain,


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  5. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Aug 2007 @ 2:04am

    I have cable internet!

    I get close to advertised speeds. I have an 8 Mb connection and roughly get 7.6 Mbps - 7.9Mbps.

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  6. identicon
    Da_ALC, 8 Aug 2007 @ 2:31am

    disagree, its perfectly easy for exact speeds to be advertised. The pro0blem is that they take on to many people for their lines/ bandwidth, and so up and down it..
    Thats clled been greedy. Making money out of people by shifting up and down and supplying as many people as possible with a bad service, rther than a good service to a set ammount.
    Fine from a business angle, not fine from mine!

    Sorry for the limited explanations of my feelings here, i iz in a rush.

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    commonsense, 8 Aug 2007 @ 2:39am

    on the box? or in the company's ad?

    there's a difference. the equipment is made to handle "up to a" certain speed, but that has nothing to do with what the broadband provider will be supplying to the box. contrary to what paquito mentions, DSL speeds are pretty consistent and reliable - unlike cable speeds which are capable of higher speeds but fluctuate according to the number of users in an area. DSL speeds just depend on the distance from the central switching office and/or is there are additional local routers between the CSO and your location.
    so the lead article mentions the speed on the box, which is not the same as the speed offered by the service provider.

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    GoblinJuice, 8 Aug 2007 @ 3:00am


    UK study, eh? I've heard horror stories about the UK's broadband market... not sure if it applies to the US of A.

    I've had the most experience with Comcast. When it works, it works great (at or above the advertised rate) 95+% of the time. I've only had to call them a couple times in a few years.

    As for false advertising... that's bullshit. They make it clear it's "up to". If you want an ironclad, "I can sue you if you don't perform" sorta level of performance... that'll cost you - big. =D

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  9. identicon
    Dom, 8 Aug 2007 @ 3:01am

    Advertising Speeds

    At the end of the day, practically all ISP websites provide a "line checker" facility that tells you the sorts of speeds that you can expect.

    If this can be done (and clearly it can be) then there's no reason for ISP's to be misleading. Sure, some people might get near enough to 8Mb broadband, but before you sign on the dotted line with an ISP, they should tell you in no uncertain terms what to expect. That way there'd be no confusion.

    People would still complain that they had to ring up before they were told that they weren't going to recieve 8Mb, but it's better than signing up with an ISP and THEN finding out...

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    Neverhood, 8 Aug 2007 @ 3:47am

    Experience from Denmark

    As far as I have seen here in north europe, advertisers don't say "up to" speed when they advertise. It must be a UK thing.

    If the line is not broken, speeds is usually at 85-90%+ of advertised speed here in Denmark.

    Ofcause there is the rare occation where a new company wants to get a fast marked share and use the "up to X speed" slogan, but they don't tend to be around that long.

    If your speed is less than ~85% of advertised speed I recommend to call your ISP... It has solved my problem 2 times now.

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  11. identicon
    TimW, 8 Aug 2007 @ 4:00am

    UK speeds

    Up to a few years ago, most UK speeds were given as absolutes. One would buy a "normal" 512kb connection or an upgraded 1 or 2mb.

    Then some smaller ISPs started to advertise 8mb connections with small print giving details of "Yes you might get 8mb ifd you live next door to the telephone exchange and nobody in your area is sharing the line". This prompted the larger ISPs to go down the same route.

    To be fair to the ISPs this small print is always fairly prominant once you get to a sign up stage.

    The UK suffers from poor quality phone lines (lack of investment over many years) and fairly high contention ratios (1:50 being most common). Over the last year or so broadband use has increased because of offers of "Free broadband" tied into mobile phone and satellite TV deals.

    Personally, I live about a mile from the exchange, have a 1:30 contention ratio and get about 4mb/s on my advertised 8mb connection.

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    Paul`, 8 Aug 2007 @ 4:53am

    Re: American ISPs

    I think its not the modem but the ISP who's computers go "Jim Bob, paying for the 512/128 speed acount so lets limit it accordingly" and throttles it at the connection to their servers or whatever.

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    The Todd, 8 Aug 2007 @ 5:05am


    I have worked for many different ISPs an worked with even more. I have seen issues where the speeds aren't as advertised because its a small local ISP just getting started and can't afford to increase it's bandwidth so much that everyone gets what they want. In fact, they tend to use traffic shaping to stop the file sharing or at least slow it down. But even in the worst cases, I've only ever seen maybe 60% of advertised. I think this report is based on UK ISPs. I also would make the argument that DSL should not have that big of a loss as some people are saying when you live a long way from the headend. Using old ADSL technology we were capable of 95% at 8 miles and we were just a little telco with 400 DSL customers.

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    ddh, 8 Aug 2007 @ 5:28am

    Re: Re: American ISPs

    Incorrect. The modem downloads a config file from the ISP that tells it at what speed to run at. The ISP can monitor this and, if done incorrectly, ban you from the service if you change the config file. This is for cable anyway. DSL may be different, but I doubt it.

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    Spuds, 8 Aug 2007 @ 5:32am

    DSL Speed...

    DSL speed is widely variable based on a number of factors... the primary one being the inside wiring in the home. If your inside wiring isn't what it should be, if you have improper DSL filtering done (modem filtered or no filters at all) then your speed will suffer.

    Likewise, your distance from the central office will affect the speeds you will receive. With ADSL 1, the limit is about 18,000 feet (~6,000m) -- And yes, "JimBob" could be limited to 512K at the DSLAM... and even though JimBob is across the street from the central office, all he can hope for is the 512K because that's what he pays for.

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    Spuds, 8 Aug 2007 @ 5:34am

    Re: Re: Re: American ISPs

    DSL modems do not download a config file. Their speed is limited on the DSLAM or is left "unconfigured" for best speed based on line conditions.

    DSL modems operate a lot like a regular modem... "handshaking" up to their configured speed... or the maximum.

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  17. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Aug 2007 @ 5:41am

    Re: eh.

    The problem is not that people want an ironclad estimate. It's people are fed up with hearing "up to" 24Mbit and then they get 500Kbit. Come on, that's just taking the piss.

    Would you buy a car if the manufacturer told you it could reach "up to" 200 miles per hour, then you go test it and it hits 75 max?

    The reality is ISPs can give decent predictions on your likely speed, every ISP I've had has done this. BUT only at my request. They simply will not do it at will because they know full well if they start telling people they will ONLY get 500Kbit MAX they might go for other services like cable.

    As for Broadband in the UK, it varies greatly. I have an "up to" 24Mbit connection that syncs at 16Mbit and gives me on average 1.5MB per sec downloads. So yeah, it's good. But I live in the centre of London so I expect it to be good. Others who don't live so centrally get very poor speeds and reliability.

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  18. identicon
    Benjie, 8 Aug 2007 @ 6:03am

    If you're paying for "up-to," then you should only have to pay for the speed you actually get. If line conditions are limiting your speed, that's the providers problem. L2Fiber

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  19. identicon
    Dick Fer, 8 Aug 2007 @ 6:03am

    Re: DSL sucks!

    You're talking about two different issues. Line speed, and contention for bandwidth going to the gateway router.
    Content providers frequently promise a high line speed, but due to conditions, some subscribers can't achieve those speeds. Contention is a whole separate issue. Contention is relatively easy to fix. However, there are oversubscription factors that are necessary within telecommunications, or it would be too costly to provide service. The phone and cable companies are selling shared access. You can and should complain if you get a good line speed, but a poor connection to the internet.

    With that, the article is kind of funny. It says only 30% of the subscribers are satisfied. I'd say that less than 30% actually understand what they've purchased or how it works. They have even less understanding of how conditions affect their line rate. Many people have wi-fi, and the overhead, latency, and RF interference frequently cause troubles that are unrelated to the line rate, yet contribute to the overall experience.

    I've never had trouble with broadband connections. I had a DSL line that was bad. I dropped it like a hot potato, then re-ordered years later and it was much improved. Architecture changes have improved technology.

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  20. identicon
    justsomeguy, 8 Aug 2007 @ 6:09am


    Are you gonna pay upwards of $10k to have the line to your home improved. I think not...

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  21. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Aug 2007 @ 6:45am

    Comcast SUCKS!

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    Haywood, 8 Aug 2007 @ 6:46am

    I'd settle for a little consistency

    I don't doubt that at times I exceed my "up to" speed. The problem is that what I get is like batch feeding. Right after a modem reboot it is usually blazing, then it slowly deteriorates to slower than dial-up and stays there until the signal gets so weak that the modem gives up and reboots. I've noticed that about a month before my contract is up for renewal all this magically goes away and I get exquisite service. I wouldn't renew, but this is my only option except satellite.

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  23. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Aug 2007 @ 6:47am

    I actually have DSL and I'm paying for 3M down and 384 up, but im actually getting a steady rate over 5M down and 384 up -- so I'm loving it. Its steady because it never varies like cable will when you neighborhood tries to get online with you.

    You just need to ensure your close enough to a distribution box, which grows everyday as their increase their networks in areas of increased demands. So its a catch22, gotta demand it before you get it.

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  24. identicon
    ComcastUS, 8 Aug 2007 @ 6:48am

    I've been frustrated with comcast in the past (mostly because their tech support offers no assistance in confirming local router/packet loss issues - "reboot your pc"), but I get advertised speed in the middle of center city Philadelphia.

    I'm curious how they're testing the connection - is it just one HTTP download? What about usenet? Without fail I always max out my connection when downloading from usenet on 8 simultaneous connections to newshosting/giganews/usenetserver/whomever.

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  25. identicon
    Rick, 8 Aug 2007 @ 7:19am

    up to 100MPG

    I was just thinking about how the car companies could start advertising 'up to' 100MPG cars.

    In fine print you would find if driven downhill in neutral 785% of the time by a professional stunt driver....

    Congress would outlaw or regulate 'up to' language so fast, you'd think they actually did something for once.

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  26. identicon
    Monarch, 8 Aug 2007 @ 7:30am

    RE: Da_ALC

    Da_ALC, ISPs can NOT easily advertise exact speeds, unless you want to advertise low expectations. ISPs do NOT actually oversell either. I've worked for ISPs since 1998, and as technology has improved, so has speed.
    DSL and cable are on ATM and Frame Relays that share bandwidth by design. It's not overselling bandwidth, it's by design. Why, well let's see, you can purchase a T1 connection of 1536kbps for say $600/mo. or you can purchase a DSL or Cable connection for say $50/mo for 3-6mbps down and 512kbps up. There may be a couple hundred customers hooked up to the DSLAM or Switch that shares a DS3 for bandwidth.
    What would the average customer be willing to pay for, for 3mbps download speeds? $1,200/mo for 2 mlppp T1s or $50/mo for a DSL or cable connection.
    Then on top of that, the DSL and Cable are affected by Line Quality, Distance, voltage regulation and other issues. It's not like a dedicated T1 internet access connection. Granted there are Frame and ATM T1 connections available, that share bandwidth through a switch also, and you can get them for around $200/mo, but if everyone were to use full bandwidth, there would not be enough there, causing latency. That's the risk you take for purchasing cheap bandwidth. It's not greed, it's monetary fact. There is a very slim profit line from ISPs and Telco's who provide that bandwidth. Especially in the Technical Support expenses, as the majority of calls to technical support are from lazy, ignorant or stupid people who call in for support they could fix themselves by using common sense or reading a help file. And that is especially true for people who have certs, they are almost the worst, as they THINK they know what the hell they are talking about.

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  27. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Aug 2007 @ 7:52am

    I get exactly what is promised from my wireless isp Air-Pipe
    it's a t1 and I get exactlr 1.5. the only complaint i have is that is as fast as i can get in my remote location

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  28. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Aug 2007 @ 7:53am


    My provider Insightbb advertises up to 10mb download speed, I get 10.2mb on average

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  29. identicon
    DL_Zero, 8 Aug 2007 @ 7:53am

    Mine are faster than advertised...

    I have comcast cable internet, and they advertise a 6mb connection. shows that i can sustain 14000k+ download speeds. My actual http or ftp downloads are around 1000-2000k.

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  30. identicon
    charter hater, 8 Aug 2007 @ 7:59am

    charter blows

    I had fun with Charter Comm. internet connection would drop for about 12 hours a day. I kept complaining. This went on for 6 months. They finally sent a tech over and he was like, zomg!! all the apartments are dropping connection at the same time, this isn't on your end. I was like, no duh! seems no one else complained... drinking town, no one cares about the internet. Also, this apartment is 100' from a fiber hub and has a direct hard line. Eventually I just dropped the service because I was not getting.. service. Anyway, when the 'not paying' caught up to me and i got their lovely internal network IP and a constant redirection to a "Your account is having issues, contact us" page.. I was like WTF?!!?!?!?! i can access their warning page and get 0% loss to it, but when they reactivate my internet and get a 'normal' IP, i get 95-100% loss?!

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    chris (profile), 8 Aug 2007 @ 8:28am

    false advertising? funny

    busting a telco for false advertising is like busting a lawyer for lying. you might as well bust nascar for speeding.

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  32. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Aug 2007 @ 8:35am

    haha suckers!

    I get 100% of my speed, in all but the worst times of the week (saturday afternoon when its raining)

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    LoneWolf367, 8 Aug 2007 @ 8:50am

    Mostly satisfactory service

    I myself being a cable customer for the past 6 years from Charter Comm have almost always been able to get the speed advertised for my purchased package, at least to about 90-95%.

    I want to know why I get disconnected every so often. When my "always on" connection gets disconnected for a 2 minute period several times a week, thats not always on and causes me some headaches. That's false advertising.

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  34. identicon
    sir_teddy, 8 Aug 2007 @ 9:38am

    Cable is sexy and DSL is ugly

    This article made me test my connection speed so i did. My company advertises 30 mb down and 4 up. so i tested and the results are: 38.2 down and 4.2 up :) damn right better than advertisement.

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    sir_teddy, 8 Aug 2007 @ 9:45am

    Cable is sexy and DSL is ugly

    This article made me test my connection speed so i did. My company advertises 30 mb down and 4 up. so i tested and the results are: 38.2 down and 4.2 up :) damn right better than advertisement.

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  36. identicon
    Rat, 8 Aug 2007 @ 10:35am

    Standard stuff on ADSL

    Advertising ADSL as "up to" is all well and goodly, but a better mention of the factors that adversely effect your connection really needs to be addressed.

    ADSL speeds are determined by: Cable Distance between user-exchange. Cable quality user-exchange, internal wiring on the users' end, filtering of telephony devices, the technology of the modem (eg, G.DMT only), the technology of the DSLAM and ADSL equipment in the exchange, and the rate the ISP has set for the user.

    Note that I didn't mention line-sharing. Fibre suffers from load, ADSL doesn't, or at least does to a negligible degree.

    Here in Australia, with our poorly-maintained infrastructure, cable quality is the biggest killer of speed. The other factor that limits ADSL speeds is becoming Port availability on ADSL2/2+ DSLAMs. - even the 256kbps-1500kbps equipment is filling up.

    From what I see of my employers' DSLAMs and the users connected to, most get around the 8mbps mark, with a few on the outskirts of an exchange limited to 2-7mbps.
    Very few on the ISP's own equipment get under 1.5mbps, if any.
    Generally speaking, it's not too hard to get "Up to 8mbps", but really, people expect too much magic from ADSL2 or 2+.
    It uses higher frequencies. It dies out quicker, and has more signal to be interfered with. Short distance is critical.

    I clock about 2km from my exchange, and get around 17mbps. Sure I pay for 24mbps, but really, no-one gets that speed.

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  37. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Aug 2007 @ 11:43am

    Re: Standard stuff on ADSL

    How can you possibly measure that kind of performance? I used to work for an ISP that would push 30mbps through their core router (in the city that I lived in) at peak times of the day out a single DS3. I never found a speed test (at the time) that was able to show me more than 8-10mbps even when we were only using about 5mbps in the middle of the night. Once you hit a certain speed, they only true way to test such a connection is to initiate multiple concurrent uploads/downloads to multiple different locations. (ie: 1000+ isp customers going to different places all at the same time)

    The problem with advertising "expected speeds" is that people somehow "expect" that they will get that speed everywhere. Also, everything from operating system, internet browser, amount of malware, etc can dramatically slow down an internet connection to a computer. I had customers that I would show up to that would only be able to download at 200kbps on their w95/98 computer and when I plugge my laptop into their connection I was getting 1.2mbps+.

    As far as the comments on oversubscription. I guarantee that any major residential isp is oversubscribing a lot more than 10:1. If we did not oversubscribe we would almost have needed a 1gig connection to the internet, but we only used 30mbps peak. Even at DS3 and OC3 speeds the ports alone (no local loop) would cost us $30-60/meg. (we were getting pricing like that because we were in 14 states at the time) You can bet on another 25% in loop depending on the location.

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    4-80-sicks, 8 Aug 2007 @ 12:09pm


    Here's my anecdote: I have "up to" 768kbps from AT&T (the fastest they offer in my area!) After midnight on a weeknight, according to, I get an amazing 183kbps.

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    4-80-sicks, 8 Aug 2007 @ 12:10pm

    Re: feh!

    Forgot to mention, that's with only one computer in my house that's online.

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    name, 8 Aug 2007 @ 12:41pm



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    name, 8 Aug 2007 @ 12:48pm

    Re: Mostly satisfactory service

    i have comcast and the same thing happens. dont know why though.

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Aug 2007 @ 1:04pm

    I work for a cable provider( which will remain nameless at this point)

    but the particular region i work in. our rating is over 90% of the 'up to' speeds.

    my previous employer, who i will freely name "BellCrap" was shoddy at best. if i recall, from when i worked there, about 25%-40% of the advertised "up to" speeds, (but this was over 2 years ago)

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    |333173|3|_||3, 8 Aug 2007 @ 9:52pm


    The traqffic monitors should monitor how fast your connection really is, and charge accordingly. Here is an example: if I pay for 16Mbps ADSL2+, then if I can get that speed or faster than I gt that speed, adn am charged accordingly. When my speed drops below that, I get charged for the lower speed connection based on the percentage of the month for which I get that speed. THis way my bill might look like: SPEED CHARGE TIME %TIME SUBTOTAL 12Mbps $20 500H 25 $5 8Mbps $15 1000H 50 $7.50 4Mbps $12 500h 25 $4 TOTAL $16.50

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  44. identicon
    Rat, 9 Aug 2007 @ 1:01am

    Re: Re: Standard Stuff

    How can ISPs determine connection speed a client gets?
    A lot of ISPs have the ability to remote connect to the particular DSLAM and determine the exact statistics for the currently synched session - same as the data that would appear in your ADSL modem.
    Hell, this data has enabled me to advise (judging by particular frequencies dying out in the ADSL curve) customers to have their filtering setup looked at, have their internal wiring checked (or their cable looked at) and has in a lot of those cases improved their sync rate by 2-5mbps!

    Most, if not all clients get the appropriate download speed for the sync rate they get.

    Where it really does fall flat, though, is international bandwidth.
    Downloads from non-Australia locations result in bottlenecks around 100kB/s, or only 1mbps sync.
    If memory serves, we only have the one pipe going out from this island, and with the amount of ADSL connected people there are now, there simply isn't enough bandwidth to go around.
    What this translates to is complaining customers claiming their download speeds are a teeny-tiny fraction of their total connection speed. And they're correct!
    Sadly, there's naught that can be done about it, aside from laying another $1bn or so for another pipeline. =(

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  45. identicon
    RP, 17 Feb 2008 @ 8:07am

    Average UK Broadband Speed is 2.95Mb

    Check out the latest broadband speed test results from Broadband Expert the average UK Broadband Speed is up to 2.95 Mb and there's a massive difference between providers, full article here:

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    Ahamed, 5 May 2009 @ 10:55pm

    Re: DSL Speed...

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    danlinks (profile), 27 Jun 2009 @ 1:25pm

    I too don't get the advertised speeds, either service in Albuquerque

    Neither Comcast or Qwest deliver what they say MOST of the time. This is proven by the fact that HD video needs abou 4.5 Mb speeds, and it shows artifacts (boxiness) on the screen and "stutter", jerkiness.

    Comcast varies from 5kbs to 19 Mb, with the vast majority of speeds tests showing only 3 Mb. This is even when directly hardwired to a Quad Core 2 Intel computer.

    Qwest is more consistent at about a 4.5 Mb average, never going beyond 5.2 Mb on a 7 Mb plan.

    I have proof. I use,, during all times of the day. Complaining has yielded nothing, even after 8 trips by Comcast to my house. The techs don't know what they are doing, I have watched almost all of them. Comcast blames your equipment. I am still working with Qwest to resolve their speed claims.

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    danlinks (profile), 27 Jun 2009 @ 1:27pm

    Re: Re: Broadband Speeds Averaging About 1/3 Of The Sp

    What a joke reply. Look, they should be held to a minimum speed, and THAT is the way they should advertise, not the theoretical maximum. I buy based upon speed, not on dreams. Don't support LIES.

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  49. icon
    danlinks (profile), 27 Jun 2009 @ 1:32pm

    Re: American ISPs

    Again, you too support outright lies. My Honda Civic got 50 MPG one time on one road. Honda doesn't advertise 50 MPG, they have been forced to advertise THE TRUTH, i.e. what most people can expect.
    Why do you expect less than what is advertised? If the pharmacy gave you 90% of the correct perscriptions, would you be okay with that?
    Force the ISPs to tell you what to NORMALLY expect, not what might happen on a clear day.

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  50. icon
    danlinks (profile), 27 Jun 2009 @ 1:36pm

    Re: Cable? or ADSL?

    Cable speeds don't do as advertised. Where do you get this? Comcast varies all over the place, only showing high speeds once in a while. I have proof, dozens of tests showing that they don't perform, do you? ADSL performs better on average than cable. It isn't cool to be in the middle of a movie and have the screen from Netflix say "your internet connection speed has slowed, adjusting the resolution".

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