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Port Orchard, WA

Since when...?

Do ISPs promise bandwidth speeds.

As far as I'm aware, they all throw "up to" in 2pt font next to the number. That's how my ISP gets to feel righteous about the sub-1mbps peak-time performance.

I do have to ask, though... considering the lack of competition in any number of markets, how does the FCC "naming and shaming" these providers actually result in increased performance?
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said by drew:

Do ISPs promise bandwidth speeds.

AT&T does a very good job of getting a customer modem to sync to the tier; but their small print specifies that they are selling sync (say, 3008 kbps) not throughput (typically 2,500 kbps for 3008 sync).

As far as I'm aware, they all throw "up to" in 2pt font next to the number.

AT&T specifies minimum speeds for their tiers, as well. My ISP advertises "up to"; but with a caveat regarding distance. They don't sell by tier, and they will bust their butt to get a reasonable DSL sync rate for the length of the loop.
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Warner Robins, GA
reply to drew
Cablevision seemed to respond to the first report in a significant manner. I read that they really did not do much actual work to accomplish that feat. They looked at the traffic management equipment and algorithms in use. The analysis showed they were out of date with the equipment upgrades they had accomplished over the years. Unleash the network by changing traffic management and your performance goes up.


reply to drew
FCC is correct in not letting the fine print disclaim anything the bold print claims. Clear speed claims have been made.


Hollywood, FL
reply to NormanS
In South Florida, AT&T (U-verse) has been VERY consistently good for me. I have Max Turbo (24mbps down, 3mbps up).

In the interest of full disclosure, I had to REALLY kick, scream, and throw tantrums to get it... and they tried their hardest to not let me have my way... but it's been awesome ever since the day they finally got everything working. I can go to speedtest.net almost anytime and get at least 23.8mbps down and 2.85mbps up without even trying, as long as there isn't more than one active video stream at that moment (with two streams, the download speeds fall to around 19-20mbps).

My experience has been that AT&T/U-verse bandwidth is real, and backed by solid backhaul & tier-1 connectivity to the rest of the world... in stark contrast to Comcast, who's blisteringly fast as long as you don't leave their local network, but falls flat on its face the moment you try connecting to a server in Taipei or London through a VPN... and their domestic connectivity to non-Comcast networks wasn't much to brag about, either.

The one thing AT&T gets nailed for is the fact that with U-verse, your TV streams eat into your internet connectivity unless you either have a slow internet package, or you're on their 32/5 profile and don't watch a lot of TV. But within the technical constraints imposed by VDSL2, everything I've seen has been pretty solid and good.


Miami Beach, FL
I am getting about 12 down and 1.5 up from advertised 18 down, but it's not too bad.At least not as ridiculously expensive as Concast.
That u verse gateway is horrible though.