I am noticing a bit of a slowdown over the last couple of days, so I wanted to get some reasonable data before I went to Comcast and hit them with the "What gives"? question....
Pulling a speed test from www.speedtest.net which has in the past been pretty accurate shows my speeds at just under 26 mb/s
Similar results from Speakeasy.net (sorry, not sure how to link my results from them...)
But results from testmy.net and a few others come in at under half that! One of them, don't recall offhand, shows 9.6mb/s for my download speed.
I assume this is due to speed test server loading / bandwidth saturation on their end, but I wanted to verify my thought process here. (Been a bad weekend, tired, brain not functioning well, need coffee!).
I know to expect some differences between sites due to things like routing etc... But the extremes I found a bit shocking...
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I'm pretty lucky here in Texarkana, for such a small city I am just on the fringe in the county close enough to have Cableone Internet, which they upgraded at no additional cost from 3Mbps to 50Mbps last year ($50 a month with the discount for having digital cable TV also for a total of $105). I don't use cable for telephone as I've always found it less reliable than a landline in the 5 or 6 times I tried it around the country.
I also have a backup 3Mbps DSL line, but that isn't used much; I only got it because the DSL plus nationwide long-distance was the same cost as the basic phone plan with no Internet or long-distance, plus I get an extra line for a fax machine at no cost (that gets used about every other month).
No, it's pretty dead economically here -- more job losses at the largest area employer Red River Army Depot recently. As an indicator, a beer distributor told me that sales have been down by over 5% year over year since June 2012! Seems from what I hear that things are a lot more active around Tyler.