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QOTD: How Fast is Your Net Connection?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 174 comments

Despite spending most of our time online and at the computer these days, a major bottle neck is the connection we use to gain access.

In North America, even though broadband is pretty much accessible everywhere, the overall infrastructure is really bogged down. Because we're running much of everything on aging equipment and underlying cabling, speeds are extremely limited.

Despite this, some companies are launching new fiber services, that offer incredible speeds. But even with fiber, we're still lagging behind countries like Japan. Many residents of Japan enjoy speeds of 100 Mbit/sec. or greater. When we see this, it's painfully obvious that our ISPs are totally taking us for a ride, and charging a hefty sum of money for it.

The skinny? U.S. and Canadian Internet users are getting ripped off.

The question of the day is: How fast is your Internet connection?

Those of you reading from more, "privileged" countries, spare us.

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    ImmortalJman , March 24, 2009 5:30 PM
    Mine supposedly is 15mb/s but I'm finding that it more like 5 or 6. So, yeah I'm getting ripped off.
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    Tech-Boy , March 24, 2009 5:30 PM
    Im the one getting ripped off! I pay a enormous amount for just 128kps (this is a fastest you can get right now), this is because I live in a remote area in central America! I am supposed to get 2mb next year for $120 dollars a month, which is very expensive, but I am looking forward to it.
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    Anonymous , March 24, 2009 5:39 PM
    I had 30mb/s down 3mb/s up then moved and now get about 10mb/s down and 3mb/s up. Paying about $50 a month for it.
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    Anonymous , March 24, 2009 5:39 PM
    11Mb/1Mb ADSL connection local in Hawaii. Speed test to CA averages around 3-6Mbps.

    We need to lay another cable across the pacific again :D 

    I can play WOW without any trouble thank god! :D 
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    Tindytim , March 24, 2009 5:41 PM
    I get 10mb, but it's Charter, so I only have a connection half of the time.
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    mindless728 , March 24, 2009 5:44 PM
    10Mb up and 1Mb down, and i actually get that speed with cable since i live in the country and no one around me has it as well, $50/month
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    Clowndude , March 24, 2009 5:45 PM
    I get around 22mb down and 7mb up
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    astrotrain1000 , March 24, 2009 5:47 PM
    I pay $55 for 8mb/s and its usually pretty close to that.
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    scarpa , March 24, 2009 5:47 PM
    I have 4Mb/s connection speed and 512kb/s download speed for 15$ a month and with free home and mobile phone subscriptions, it's from RCS$RDS.

    I live in Romania.
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    smartel7070 , March 24, 2009 5:47 PM
    7mbs down and about 750kbps up. ISP is Videotron (Qu├ębec) and I pay 40$/month
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    NITROGEnarcosis , March 24, 2009 5:47 PM
    University internet, we have a OC 48 line coming in but I only see speed in the 5 - 10 Mb/s. Wish they would open up the throttling a bit, ping times are great though.
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    cekasone , March 24, 2009 5:47 PM
    15mb/s down and 5mb/s up. Time Warner Cable, Southern California
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    megabuster , March 24, 2009 5:49 PM
    Verizon FIOS here 20Mbit/20Mbit bundle TV HD + Tel for $150 a month including taxes w/ 3HD boxes and Movie package.
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    joex444 , March 24, 2009 5:50 PM
    I have a 12Mbps cable connection. For the first minute or so, it peaks to about 18-24Mbps, and then stays at 12Mbps constant. 50Mbps service is available, but at a ridiculous price. So atleast the cable infrastructure around here is good for 24Mbps, proven.

    I know that I'll be moving in the next few months, and it looks like FiOS is available in most of the apartments there. Only real advantage over cable is the upload speeds -- 2mbps versus cable's 768kbps. But I don't upload, so the extra 3mbps from FiOS (15mbps) is just an extra 25% bonus.

    One last thing -- in the US we tend to have unrestricted download amounts. Comcast's 250GB/mo cap is one of the more notable, but still is an awful lot of data (on mere principles, I reject the notion of a 250GB/mo cap but that's another story). You'll find many of the superfast connections in other countries have pretty strict data limits, ones that you could exceed in a weekend of downloads. Just a general rule, though, I'm sure someone can find a non-US ISP with fast connections and 250GB/mo or higher data cap (or no cap!).
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    leo2kp , March 24, 2009 5:52 PM
    I don't have internet access at home. Sooooo, zero up and zero down! And it's free!
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    eddieroolz , March 24, 2009 5:52 PM
    I'm getting 7.5Mbps down and 512kbps up, but supposed to be upgraded to 15Mbps down by the end of this month for about $43 CAD
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    Anonymous , March 24, 2009 5:53 PM
    At&t U-verse. 6mb down, 1mb up. It runs pretty close to advertised rate (except the upload, runs closer to 640kb). Probably pay about $35 a month before taxes. I wanted true Fios but verizon is not here (Ohio) yet.
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    tenor77 , March 24, 2009 5:55 PM
    If you're in the US the answer is not fast enough

    I'm running 5 down more like .5 up
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    Efrayim , March 24, 2009 5:55 PM
    I have a 15-10 mps connection and a 3mbs upload for around 45 bucks
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    lahire149 , March 24, 2009 5:57 PM
    I get about 650 mbps down and 1.5 mbps up.
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