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    • Mine is same as yours Shay, though at times I have seen bursts to nearly 450 Mbps on download from the cable company here. But this summer we should be on Gigabit, the fiber has been already laid underground. Thing is, just like with any network, it's only as good as its weakest link. I gotta say though, Verizon 4G is really great and could be used reliably too.

    • We do not get the national broadband fiber network in our area yet, we are on cable.

      It's 4PM here on Saturday so I guess the local kids are gaming so it's a bit slow, but it is good compared to what it was a few years ago, when we really struggled with very poor speeds.

    • A bit surprised by how fast the connection is on the weekend. One would think that people are streaming movies and games so it should be lower. The results are from San Jose, California with Comcast.

    • Yeah, it sucks. It all depends on where you are and how much you're willing to pay, but in general speeds in the USA aren't actually that great considering how much we pay. I'm actually at my parents' house right now, but even at home in the Portland, Oregon area my downloads are only about about 10 Mbps and uploads are about 1.5 Mbps (DSL for about $55/month) because I'm not able/willing to spend the extra money on a cable connection. Being in an apartment also limits options.

    • Where I live the community contributed a one off $100.00 per dwelling, house or apartment, to get cable to each dwelling, it was an all in or all out deal.

      I get a home phone included in the plan with unlimited free calls to Australian phones + the Wifi modem + 1000GB per month for AUD$80.00 per month.(UDS$56.05) which I think is pretty good value.

    • When I first got Fios the upload speed was slower than the download speed, but a while back (I think it has been a couple of years) they upgraded the service to match speeds for upload and download.

      I had 75 Mbps service (up & down) but they had a crazy deal on 100 Mpbs service when my contract was up last time. Upload speed makes it very reasonable to populate my photo galleries and to backup everything (not just the display copies of photos, but the RAW images too).

    • FTTH FTW! Provider tried to get me to switch to 300Mbps down recently, but I declined since they would cut my upload speed to 50Mbps and I'm having none of that. People disregard how upload speed is important to the general responsiveness of the link. With highly asymmetrical links like xDSL ones usually are, you can get a single device uploading stuff (sharing, backup, sync, whatever) to ruin access for everyone.

    • That's really crazy, is it that way in a lot of the area? What do the smaller tech related businesses that still need fast connections do?

      In Boston itself it's not hard to get 100-1000 down and 35-50 up (Comcast/RCN). And those speeds are available most places in eastern MA, then towns with FIOS get between 100-1000 both ways.

    • I think most of us here in the U.S. have a limited number of providers...and that's the crux of the problem; minimal competition.

      (would be a good topic for a parallel discussion, if it's not been brought up already)

    • Yea, speed is one thing...and, then how much do you have to bend over to get it?

      We have Cox as the primary provider with Century Link as the secondary. Here in Vegas Century Link has terrible infrastructure so they sell on price and EVERYONE I know that gets signed up based on price, hates life forever afterwards.

      Cox is a big corporate machine but for the most part their internet is good, consistent and reliable. I pay $75/mo for this which is adequate to watch Hulu downstairs on the tv.

    • I'm not sure what small businesses do, but I remember going with a fiber optic business like at SmugMug that they had to trench for. I should do a speed test over there. I sometimes wonder if the residential lines are so lame because they want businesses to not be able to get by with them so they'll pay business rates.

    • I thought I would be slower than most out here in the fly over countryside Terre Haute Indiana - my ping is slow,. but not so bad really