danielcawrey 6/30/2015 | 12:35:15 PM
Re: Download speed OK Upload speed horrific I really detest the speed that I get from Comcast in California. It almost seems like they are throttling me when I use internet radio or Skype.

I think that providers should be required to match the speeds they advertise over a specific period of time. Becuase I don't think I'm getting what was advertised to me. 
davidhoffman5 6/28/2015 | 8:24:04 AM
The cable companies can simply upgrade customers. The cable companies can simply upgrade customers who are subscribed to speed tiers less than 25 Mbps to 25 Mbps. No new hardware needed. The telephone companies using ADSL2+ cannot do that.  The FCC should have recognized this and set the standard at perhaps 10 Mbps. Something reasonably attainable by the telephone companies.
kq4ym 6/27/2015 | 9:05:12 AM
Re: Peak to Average I suspect folks opt for the higher speeds because of the advertising one sees more than a real need. Although one supposedly "needs" highest speeds to watch video and have multiple devices online at once, I've found I have no problems at home using CenturyLinks slowest service. The down side is fully ample for everything, but the upload side is not quite up to par if you need to upload video. Even though it's slow by most people's standards I find it fine. I'd like to see more bang for the buck thought, faster speed without exhorbitent cost.
brooks7 6/26/2015 | 5:50:04 PM
Re: Peak to Average Not what the physical connectivity is...what the processor can actually process and absorb.

Put a GigE on a single core ATOM processor and you will not get 1 Gbps throughput.


Student80232 6/26/2015 | 3:46:47 PM
Re: Peak to Average @brooks7:
standard computers (since ~2010) are capable of gigabit ethernet (wired connection), and gigabit wireless routers are also now available for a premium (around $200) and many newer devices also support it.

To check your device look for the following terminology:
On wireless networks, the new AC standard is gigabit. On the wired side, CAT5 refers to gigabit ethernet cables and 10/100/1000 refers to gigabit networking cards (1000 megabits = gigabit).

granted your real life speeds won't reach the spec due to some overhead but the point is that most laptops and desktops actually are capable of much more than many americans' ISPs offer.
brooks7 6/26/2015 | 12:19:18 PM
Peak to Average I think that says a whole lot more about value and inertia than it does technology.

Interesting that nobody anywhere had 1 Gbps.  Where are the Gigabit Cities?

So, the question is what causes you to upgrade your Internet Speed.  If I am tested, you will find that I am not buying the highest speed grade available.  Why?  I see no value in it.  The package I originally bought was a 25Mbps package and Comcast doubled my speed without asking me.  I have 150 Mb/s option available, but find no value to it. We are not congested at my house and I prefer my router (and I don't use theirs) and my WiFi (which is why I don't use theirs) to have more bandwidth than my WAN.

Has anybody gone in and measured the capability of the average desktop and what bandwidth it can actually absorb in a download?


Editor,C47635 6/26/2015 | 10:05:47 AM
Download speed OK Upload speed horrific I have AT&T FTTN, although the service was advertised as FTTH when purchased. Mid-morning my download speed is 23 Mbps due to a recent upgrade; however upload speed is quite poor and stands at 1.98 Mbps. The only answer to achieving adequate bandwidth, in my opinion, is true FTTH.